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New studies on the Pedieos river

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

The Pedieos River has for centuries been closely linked with the flourishing of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Researchers at The Cyprus Institute just published two scientific research papers on studies carried out on the Pedieos River in the context of the BeWater project.

The first study examined the historical flooding of Nicosia caused by the Pedieos River and the mitigation measures adopted throughout the city’s history. Historical records showed prayers and other religious rituals as means to manage floods in the 14th century, while technical measures such as stormwater drainage networks and dam construction prevailed in the 20th and 21st century. The study concludes that as flooding issues still persist and become more complex with the rapid development of the city, integrated planning and informed policy implementation that makes good use of the lessons of history can be of critical importance.

The second study focused on the linear river park, which has been recently established along the Pedieos River. The study explored people’s perceptions and satisfaction with the river park services and assessed the role of climatic conditions on human thermal comfort. Park visitors identified physical exercise as the main service of the linear park, followed by nature, cooling, and socializing.