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Climate change leads to more frequent and heavy rainfall, and in cities, flooding from rainwater has caused significant damage. SINTEF helps municipalities with stormwater management using the three-part strategy and various local and open solutions for stormwater management, including nature-based solutions.

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What is stormwater management?
Stormwater has traditionally been led to drains and transported in pipes underground to the nearest stream, water, or treatment plant. However, the infrastructure has a limited capacity and is further challenged by increased stormwater due to climate change. So, where should the water go?

The answer is solutions based on infiltration and detention. Infiltration means that the water seeps into the ground and dissolves into the groundwater. Detention of the water means that it is stored temporarily and then gradually released into the drainage network.

Opening streams previously run in pipes, rain gardens, permeable pavements, green roofs, and local detention basins/reservoirs are measures that manage stormwater and limit the load on the municipal sewage systems.

We work in the following fields:

  • Open and local measures for stormwater management
  • Nature-based solutions for stormwater management
  • Quality improvement of contaminated stormwater
  • Climate adaptation and planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Implementation, operation, and maintenance of solutions for handling stormwater
  • Methodology/tools for assessments of primary and co-benefit effects from various system solutions:
    • Sustainability assessments
    • Ecosystem service assessments
    • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cost Analysis (LCC)
    • Technical Approval

Typical projects include:

  • Urban detention-based roofs 
  • Treatment of road runoffs
  • Permeable pavements

Who are our clients?
Municipalities and companies that offer stormwater solutions