by Marali Kalra
As climate change progresses, extreme precipitation is growing more common in Pennsylvania. The increased precipitation has the potential to overwhelm existing stormwater systems, which are designed with an assumption of climate stationarity. This project analyzes rainfall records and global climate model projections in order to explore the possibility of using historical precipitation patterns to predict future change. A case study demonstrates how stormwater designers can optimize system performance and minimize costs in a changing climate.