The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the climate adjustment tool for stormwater management model (SWMM).

The toll will enable engineers and planners to identify the performance of water infrastructure and consider future climate change estimations.

It will help determine the quality of water traveling via traditional infrastructure including a system of gutters, storm drains, pipes, channels, collection tanks, or storage devices.

The tool has the capability to model the performance of green infrastructure practices such as permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs.

It adds to the US President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit, which offers resources and a framework to understand and address the climate concerns that effect people and their communities.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said: "Climate change means increased risks to our health, our economy, and our environment.

"But with the President’s Climate Action Plan, the agency is taking action to advance science-based technology, such as the addition of the Climate Adjustment Tool, to help state and local planners combat the impacts of climate change, especially significant economic burden from severe weather, and protect communities through sustainability and resiliency measures."

The agency’s SWMM is used globally for stormwater runoff reduction planning, analysis and design of combined and sanitary sewers, and other drainage systems.

The EPA has also developed stormwater calculator as well as climate resilience evaluation and awareness tool to help community planners and managers in determining resiliency and sustainability actions during extreme weather and reduce the local economic load following a natural disaster.