Work Item
ASTM WK88302

New Practice for Risk Assessment of the Effects of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events on Buried Drainage Structures

1. Scope

This risk assessment methodology is intended for assessing the effects of climate change and extreme weather events on the performance of buried structures. Extreme weather events and threats covered in this standard practice include severe storms, floods, hurricanes and tropical cyclones, wildfires, and earthquakes. 


Resiliency; Sustainability; Climate change; Culverts; Storm drains; Drainage


Climate change has resulted in increased frequencies and durations of more extreme weather events, including floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes. The effects that these extreme weather events pose on buried structures has not been adequately addressed or quantified in existing standards. This standard practice offers a methodology to calculate and assess the risk that these events pose on buried structures and to provide guidance regarding how these risks could be mitigated. Users will include state departments of transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and other specifying agencies for culverts and buried drainage structures. 

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E60.80

Committee: E60

Staff Manager: Kristy Straiton

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 11-01-2023

Technical Contact: Michael Pluimer

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