Water sensitive Urban design in a changing climate: Estimating the performance of WSUD treatment measures under various climate change scenarios

K. Burge, D. Browne, P. Breen, J. Wingad

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Recent attempts to measure likely impacts of climate change on WSUD measures have focused on performance under a single scenario of adjusted historical rainfall and evaporation. This study adopted an approach whereby a limited number of time series were generated to represent the extremes of a number of projected ranges of climate change scenarios. To support the Mornington Peninsula Shire's Integrated Water Management plan, analysis was undertaken to ensure that future stormwater management strategies were adaptable to a range of possible climate change conditions. Six different scenarios were developed, using stochastic downscaling of historical rainfall and evaporation, to represent predicted climate adjusted conditions under various emissions scenarios. Pollutant generation across the entire municipality and various WSUD measures were modelled under each of climate change scenarios to better understand the sensitivities of both pollutant generation, and resilience of treatment measures including wetlands, raingardens, stormwater harvesting and rainwater tanks to the likely future changes in climate. Results were then used to determine appropriate design considerations for various WSUD measures as well as recommend appropriate climate change adaptations for a number of biological components of these systems such as wetland vegetation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design 2012: Building the Water Sensitive Community - Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 21 Feb 201223 Feb 2012
Conference number: 7th

Publication series

NameWSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design: Building the Water Sensitive Community, Final Program and Abstract Book


ConferenceInternational Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design 2012
Abbreviated titleWSUD Conference 2012
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  • Climate
  • Future
  • Rainfall
  • Stormwater
  • WSUD

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