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  17 Jul 2019

17 Jul 2019

Review status: this discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). The manuscript was not accepted for further review after discussion.

Evaluation of Low Impact Development and Nature-Based Solutions for stormwater management: a fully distributed modelling approach

Yangzi Qiu1, Abdellah Ichiba2, Igor Da Silva Rocha Paz2,3, Feihu Chen4, Pierre-Antoine Versini1, Daniel Schertzer1, and Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia1 Yangzi Qiu et al.
  • 1HM&Co, École des ponts ParisTech, Université Paris-Est, Champs-sur-Marne, 77455, France
  • 2On leave from École des ponts ParisTech
  • 3Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Rio de Janeiro, 22290-270, Brazil
  • 4School of Architecture, Hunan University, Changsha, 410082, China

Abstract. Currently, Low Impact Development (LID) and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are widely accepted as sustainable approaches for urban stormwater management. However, their complex impacts depend on the urban environmental context as well as the small-scale heterogeneity, which need to be assessed by using the fully distributed hydrological model and high resolution data at small scale. In this paper, a case study (Guyancourt), located in the South-West of Paris, was explored. Three sets of high resolution X-band radar data were applied to investigate the impact of variability of spatial distribution of rainfall. High resolution geographic information has been processed to identify the suitable areas that can be covered by the LID/NBS practices, porous pavement, green roof, and rain garden. These individual practices, as well as the combination of the three, were implemented as scenarios in a fully distributed and physically-based Multi-Hydro model, which takes into consideration the variability of the whole catchment at 10 m scale. The performance of LID/NBS scenarios are analysed with two indicators (total runoff volume and peak discharge reduction), with regards to the hydrological response of the original catchment (baseline scenario). Results are analysed with considering the coupling effect of the variability of spatial distributions of rainfall and land uses. The performance of rain garden scenario is better than scenario of green roof and porous pavement. The most efficient scenario is the combination of the three practices that can reduce total runoff volume up to 51 % and peak discharge up to 53 % in the whole catchment, and the maximum values of the two indictors in three sub-catchments reach to 60 % and 61 % respectively. The results give credence that Multi-Hydro is a promising model for evaluating and quantifying the spatial variability of hydrological responses of LID/NBS practices, because of considering the heterogeneity of spatial distributions of precipitation and land uses. Potentially, it can guide the decision-making process of the design of LID/NBS practices in urban planning.

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