Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1567–1580, 2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1567–1580, 2019
Technical note
18 Mar 2019
Technical note | 18 Mar 2019

Technical note: Laboratory modelling of urban flooding: strengths and challenges of distorted scale models

Xuefang Li et al.

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With a growing urban flood risk worldwide, flood risk management tools need to be validated against reference data. Field and remote-sensing observations provide valuable data on inundation extent and depth but virtually no information on flow velocity. Laboratory scale models have the potential to deliver complementary data, provided that the model scaling is performed carefully. In this paper, we reanalyse existing laboratory data to discuss challenges related to the scaling of urban floods.