LID Design Considerations for an Uncertain Climate Future

Historically, the best way to plan for future storms has been to look at the past. Significant effort has been put into to developing long-term rainfall records, and many of the most complex stormwater models are designed to run simulations that represent decades of rainfall data. But a changing climate means that storm patterns are changing, often in significant and unpredictable ways. So how does a stormwater management professional plan for future storms when the future is not predicted to follow past patterns? Nationally, heavier than historic rain events have been observed to be increasing over the last 50 years. This varies geographically, from as low as 5% in the Southwest to over 70% in the Northeast (2014 National Climate Assessment). Between 2003 and 2016, the City of Seattle, WA estimated that the magnitude of the 100-year storm increased by between 20% and 40% ...

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