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Storm water and flooding

Climate change is expected to cause more frequent extreme weather events, such as increased precipitation and rainfall intensity, leading to increased runoff, water damage, and flooding. Failure to take necessary measures will result in increased natural hazards such as erosion and landslides, with potential loss of life, assets, and health. Norconsult has a large group of experts dealing with climate adaptation and specializes in managing stormwater and flooding.

To adapt to climate change, a holistic approach is needed to understand how water moves and is handled, from rivers to streams, from the municipality's land use and planning to construction and engineering, and from watersheds to individual properties. Climate adaptation does not only mean trying to build our way out of the effects of climate change, but also finding the right balance between the risk we are willing to accept and the cost of improvement measures. It also involves looking at the blue structures on the surface as a resource and finding new ways to relieve often aging and undersized pipe networks. 

Our expertise in stormwater management and flooding includes all relevant areas of expertise such as hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology, environment, biology/ecology, geotechnical engineering, landscape design, and municipal engineering as well as stormwater management. They can assist in all planning phases, from master plans and flood plans for municipalities, land use planning and regulation, to consulting and design for large transportation and urban development projects with urban floodway management. 

More and more people are using water as an active element in landscape design, including land development, renewal of urban spaces, upgrading green corridors, and designing roads. Norconsult's team has expertise in flood mapping, flood protection, re-opening of piped streams, establishing open blue-green stormwater solutions, urban floodways, multi-use areas, treatment ponds for polluted stormwater, and reducing unaccounted-for water in pipeline networks. They can provide hydrological assessments and calculations, hydraulic modeling, and coordinate other relevant disciplines to manage both water quantity and quality above and below the surface. 

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