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Adaptation to climate change impacts on urban storm water: a case study in Arvika, Sweden


  • Jonas Olsson


  • Hideo Amaguchi
  • Elin Alsterhag
  • Maria Dåverhög
  • Per-Erik Adrian
  • Akira Kawamura


Already today, the functionality of many sewer and storm water systems are not up to the required standards and consequently flooding problems are experienced in case of heavy storms. System upgrades are required, which are however complicated by the expected future increase in short-term rainfall intensities as a result of climate change. In this case study, focusing on the town of Arvika, Sweden, this issue is investigated in three main steps. In the first, extreme value analyses of 30-min rainfall from an ensemble of climate projections are carried out to estimate the future increase and generate a future design storm. In the second, the existing system’s response to both today’s and future design storms are simulated by a coarse sewer model setup (MOUSE) and a detailed coupled surface-sewer model setup (TSR). In the third and final step, system upgrades are designed and evaluated by both models. The results indicate an increase by 10–30 % of today’s short-term rainfall extremes by the end of the century. Upgrading the system to achieve a satisfactory performance for the future design storm would cost approximately twice as much as an upgrade based on today’s design storm. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Jonas Olsson & Hideo Amaguchi & Elin Alsterhag & Maria Dåverhög & Per-Erik Adrian & Akira Kawamura, 2013. "Adaptation to climate change impacts on urban storm water: a case study in Arvika, Sweden," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 116(2), pages 231-247, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:116:y:2013:i:2:p:231-247 DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0480-y

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    1. John Daniel & Susan Solomon & Todd Sanford & Mack McFarland & Jan Fuglestvedt & Pierre Friedlingstein, 2012. "Limitations of single-basket trading: lessons from the Montreal Protocol for climate policy," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 111(2), pages 241-248, March.
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