Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2747–2761, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-15-2747-2011
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2747–2761, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-15-2747-2011

  31 Aug 2011

31 Aug 2011

A simple 2-D inundation model for incorporating flood damage in urban drainage planning

A. Pathirana1, S. Tsegaye2, B. Gersonius1, and K. Vairavamoorthy2 A. Pathirana et al.
  • 1UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, P.O. Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2School of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CGS101, Tampa, Florida 33620-8100, USA

Abstract. An urban inundation model was developed and coupled with 1-D drainage network model (EPA-SWMM5). The objective was to achieve a 1-D/2-D coupled model that is simple and fast enough to be consistently used in planning stages of urban drainage projects. The 2-D inundation model is based on a non-standard simplification of the shallow water equation, lays between diffusion-wave and full dynamic models. Simplifications were made in the process representation and numerical solving mechanisms and a depth scaled Manning coefficient was introduced to achieve stability in the cell wetting-drying process. The 2-D model is coupled with SWMM for simulation of both network flow and surcharge induced inundation. The coupling is archived by mass transfer from the network system to the 2-D system. A damage calculation block is integrated within the model code for assessing flood damage costs in optimal planning of urban drainage networks. The model is stable in dealing with complex flow conditions, and cell wetting/drying processes, as demonstrated by a number of idealised experiments. The model application is demonstrated by applying to a case study in Brazil.

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