Impacts of climate change on rainfall extremes and urban drainage systems: A review

Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, P. Willems, J. Olsson, S. Beecham, A. Pathirana, Ida Bülow Gregersen, H. Madsen, V.-T.V. Nguyen

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A review is made of current methods for assessing future changes in urban rainfall extremes and their effects on urban drainage systems, due to anthropogenic-induced climate change. The review concludes that in spite of significant advances there are still many limitations in our understanding of how to describe precipitation patterns in a changing climate in order to design and operate urban drainage infrastructure. Climate change may well be the driver that ensures that changes in urban drainage paradigms are identified and suitable solutions implemented. Design and optimization of urban drainage infrastructure considering climate change impacts and co-optimizing these with other objectives will become ever more important to keep our cities habitable into the future. © IWA Publishing 2013.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)16-28
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Drainage
  • Optimization
  • Reviews
  • Climate change


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