A novel integrated design methodology for nature based solutions and soil and water bioengineering interventions: the Tardio and Mickovski methodology

Guillermo Tardio Cerillo*, Slobodan B. Mickovski

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Abstract

A methodology for designing nature-based solutions (NBS) and soil and water bioengineering (SWB) works is proposed which includes the main particularities of this type of intervention. The dynamic nature of NBS/SWB works, their most important changes and possible critical scenarios are reflected in the proposed methodology. A clear and practical time framework for design checks is also defined. Existing structural design routines and plant root reinforcement models are integrated into the proposed time staged scheme. Likewise, the connections with the monitoring stage and the possibilities of continuous improvement are incorporated as an essential characteristic of the approach of this type of intervention. The proposed methodology is validated by means of a practical case study example embracing the whole service life of an SWB/NBS intervention. The obtained results are in good agreement with both the accumulated experience within the European SWB sector and the existing data collected in SWB monitoring works. The proposed methodology can be readily implemented in a wide range of nature restoration projects and works.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3044
JournalSustainability
Volume15
Issue number4
Early online date7 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • soil and water bioengineering
  • monitoring stage
  • wood decay
  • vegetation
  • nature based solutions
  • geotechnical design
  • civil engineering
  • slope stabilization
  • nature-based solutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Materials Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Decision Sciences
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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