Articles | Volume 23, issue 9
Research article
23 Sep 2019
Research article |  | 23 Sep 2019

The importance of city trees for reducing net rainfall: comparing measurements and simulations

Vincent Smets, Charlotte Wirion, Willy Bauwens, Martin Hermy, Ben Somers, and Boud Verbeiren

Data sets

Rain events Norway maple and small leaved lime V. Smets

Short summary
The impact of city trees for intercepting rainfall is quantified using measurements and modeling tools. The measurements show that an important amount of rainfall is intercepted, limiting the amount of water reaching the ground. Models are used to extrapolate the measurement results. The performance of two specialized interception models and one water balance model is evaluated. Our results show that the performance of the water balance model is similar to the specialized interception models.