Articles | Volume 21, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2361–2375, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-2361-2017

Special issue: Rainfall and urban hydrology

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2361–2375, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-2361-2017

Research article 08 May 2017

Research article | 08 May 2017

Fractal analysis of urban catchments and their representation in semi-distributed models: imperviousness and sewer system

Auguste Gires et al.

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Data from 10 urban or peri-urban catchments located in five EU countries are used to analyze the imperviousness distribution and sewer network geometry. Consistent scale invariant features are retrieved for both (fractal dimensions can be defined), which enables to define a level of urbanization. Imperviousness representation in operational model is also found to exhibit scale-invariant features (even multifractality). The research was carried out as part of the UE INTERREG IV RainGain project.