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Using Community Engagement to Study Stormwater Infrastructure Resiliency Against Climate Change

March 21, 2024 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

Scientists are unsure how increasing precipitation associated with climate change will impact storm sewer infrastructure along Lake Erie’s coast. Studies are needed to explore how solutions like green infrastructure and low impact development can reduce stormwater runoff compared to traditional, “gray” infrastructure.

Dr. Suresh Sharma of Youngstown State University is studying how green infrastructure can mitigate climate change’s impact on stormwater runoff with an emphasis on community engagement. Methods include downscaling and bias correcting climate data from different climate models, as well as experimenting with various community-preferred green infrastructures for their efficacy in stormwater runoff reduction.

About the Speaker

Suresh Sharma
Suresh Sharma Civil and Environmental Engineering, Youngstown University

Dr. Suresh Sharma is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering Program of Youngstown State University, Ohio. Dr. Sharma is interested in complex hydrologic and water quality modeling using various types of data-driven, conceptual, physically based and distributed, and semi-distributed watershed models in the context of climate change and variability.

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