New Civil Engineer: New York and London are preparing for a wetter future with schemes to protect these world cities into the next century. A new wave of engineering is facing down the threat of flooding, even in the world’s most prized cities.

The weather can be a fierce opponent when it comes to protecting urban environments. Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath in 2005 serve as a cruel reminder that nature must not be underestimated.

Engineers are being tasked with finding ways to do more to protect the vulnerable, particularly those living in high density areas, because it was all too awful watching so many have their lives ripped apart while seemingly being neglected by their political leaders.

Post Katrina, New Orleans needed better defences. And that meant, among the levees, much monumental concrete engineering, which helped restore faith that no life in a developed nation should be left vulnerable to the elements. Keep reading>>