Drainage by Design: Optimizing Stormwater Infrastructure in Istanbul

As the frequency and intensity of rainfall events continue to increase due to climate change, stormwater management is an especially challenging imperative for developing megacities such as Istanbul, Turkey. This project brings together a transdisciplinary team of civil engineers, economists, urban designers, and  climate scientists from MIT and Bogazici University, and leverages ongoing collaborations with Municipal leaders in Istanbul to study this issue in detail. 

Our team will assess historical trends and projected changes in regional precipitation events in order to 1) help evaluate the future impacts of increased storm events on Istanbul’s existing drainage system and 2) guide the design of more resilient infrastructure—including several large-scale stormwater wetlands. This two-pronged approach is meant to address key regional challenges at multiple scales simultaneously, and will offer useful resources to future planning initiatives already earmarked by the Istanbul Greater Municipality and ISKI.

This research is supported by a MIT Global Partnerships Seed Fund Grant.

Spring 2019