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Accepted or derived parameter which can be measured directly or determined from separate measurements, and which indicates trends in a particular referent.


The unintended ingress of ground water into a drainage system (also termed parasitary flow in some countries).


"Flow which enters the sewer; this can be generated by rainfall or an industrial discharge or other particular connection."


That which resolves uncertainty, or explicatory meaning of data

Initial conditions

Initial (or starting) values for a system under consideration.

Integrated urban flood risk management

Coordination and integration (or a sum/collection) of tools, approaches, methods and resources into the practices for the purpose of maximising benefits (or minimising flood risk) and minimising costs.


The one that uses the epistemologies/methods of one discipline within another.


The covering of a land surface by water from a drainage system whose capacity is insufficient to convey the flow.



Justified true belief.

Knowledgebase of measures

A comprehensive repository of the resilience measures and strategies (similar to a database) but also including the metadata or rules which describe the applicability of the measures for strategies for the holistic risk governance.

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