Stormwater drainage systems are an extremely important part of modern infrastructure. More specifically, stormwater drainage culverts are used to convey water runoff from rain events safely underneath roads and other structures to avoid issues such as excess surface water, erosion and flooding. Presently these systems are designed using historical rainfall data and do not allow for the expected increases in rainfall intensities and runoff volumes due to climate change.
This study will identify, evaluate and classify existing stormwater culverts in the Sunshine Coast region. The initial culvert survey results will then be used in a larger study to investigate the most efficient and cost effective way to improve them and gain the extra drainage capacity needed to deal with the effects of global warming such as increased stormwater flow rates in the region.
This project is funded and supported by Sunshine Coast Council.