Effect of climate change on stormwater characteristics and treatment efficiencies of stormwater retention ponds

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The aim of this study was to investigate the potential effect of climate changes on stormwater characteristics and treatment efficiency of retention ponds. This was performed by using an integrated model for two scenarios representing the current situations and a climate change scenario with increased intensity of extreme events. The study was conducted in a catchment in Albertslund, Denmark. The collected data showed a clear relation between stormwater quality parameters and rainfall intensity and antecedent dry period. Extreme events resulted in high particulate concentrations and high loads. The dissolved concentrations showed no strong relationship to rainfall intensity. The simulations with the integrated model showed that the climate change increase of rainfall intensity led to an increase in the concentrations discharged from the catchment. The higher flows caused a decrease in the pond removal performance with an overall increase in the particulate concentrations discharged to the environment. The changes in the two scenarios affected only the particulate phase, so no major impact on toxicity due to stormwater discharge is expected due to climate change. Further research is needed to address the seasonal fluctuations and provide a better analysis of the potential impacts due to climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Urban Drainage
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event12th International Conference on Urban Drainage - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Duration: 11 Sep 201116 Sep 2011
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Urban Drainage
CityPorto Alegre
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  • Storm water quality
  • Climate change effects
  • Treatment
  • Integrated model
  • Retention ponds

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