Open-air Laboratory


This Open-Air Laboratory is situated in the Ringsend region in Dublin, Ireland. Surrounded by the river Dodder, this urban area generates around 10 % of the country’s entire Gross Domestic Product. However, the region is threatened by extreme rainfall that may lead to pluvial floods, as well as floods from the river and tides, because Ringsend has a low elevation. Indeed, recent floods have resulted in losses of property and infrastructure.


The basin is located at the southern part of Dublin. The Dodder river originates from Dublin mountains and meets the river Liffey near Ringsend. The length of the river is ~27km and the area of the basin is ~113km2.

Ringsend is close to the tech district of the city and thus of high economic interest to the city.

Motivation for choice according to hazard exposure and asset value

  River flows through many rural, suburban, urban and residential areas

Possible nature-based and hybrid solutions

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as NBS for the flooding with quick response to extreme precipitation through the application of the concept of:

  constructed wetlands
  riparian buffer areas
  buffer zones with several vegetated areas
  bio-engineering solutions
  promoting practices to reduce water usage

For more information you can visit the interactive page with elaborated details and results for OAL-Ireland.

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Across the world, we are facing challenges like disaster risk everyday. Some of us are living in areas where disasters are very likely. Which challenges are you facing in your area? Flood, landslides, coastal erosion, drought, something else?


The fear of flooding is a major perceived risk. Floods affect many areas, such as agriculture, infrastructure, local businesses as well as the tourism sector. To deal with the risk of flooding, OPERANDUM has implemented multiple Nature-based Solutions.


Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is the denudation of the upper layer of soil. It is a form of soil degradation. This natural process is caused by the dynamic activity of erosive agents, such as water, snow, ice, air, plants, animals and humans.


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