Nat Commun 2020 03 26;11(1):1563. Epub 2020 Mar 26.
Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 Martin Luther King Dr W, Cincinnati, OH, 45268, USA.
Cities evolve through phases of construction, demolition, vacancy, and redevelopment, each impacting water movement at the land surface by altering soil hydrologic properties, land cover, and topography. Currently unknown is whether the variable physical and vegetative characteristics associated with vacant parcels and introduced by demolition may absorb rainfall and thereby diminish stormwater runoff. To investigate this, we evaluate how vacant lots modulate citywide hydrologic partitioning by synthesizing a novel field dataset across 500+ parcels in Buffalo, New York, USA. Read More