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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-47
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-47

  22 Feb 2021

22 Feb 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal HESS and is expected to appear here in due course.

Impact of Flood Control Systems on the Probability Distribution of Floods

Salvatore Manfreda1, Domenico Miglino1, and Cinzia Albertini1,2 Salvatore Manfreda et al.
  • 1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80125 Napoli, Italy
  • 2Dipartimento di Scienze Agro Ambientali e Territoriali, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy

Abstract. Detention dams are one of the most effective practices for flood mitigation. Therefore, the impact of these structures on the basin hydrological response is critical for flood management and the design of flood control structures. With the aim to provide a mathematical framework to interpret the effect of flow control systems on river basin dynamics, the functional relationship between inflows and outflows is investigated and derived in a closed-form. This allowed the definition of a theoretically derived probability distribution of the peak outflows from in-line detention basins. The model has been derived assuming a rectangular hydrograph shape with a fixed duration, and a random flood peak. In the present study, the undisturbed flood distribution is assumed to be Gumbel distributed, but the proposed mathematical formulation can be extended to any other flood-peak probability distribution. A sensitivity analysis of parameters highlighted the influence of detention basin capacity and rainfall event duration on flood mitigation on the probability distribution of the peak outflows. The mathematical framework has been tested using for comparison a Monte Carlo simulation where most of the simplified assumptions used to describe the dam behaviours are removed. This allowed to demonstrate that the proposed formulation is reliable for small river basins characterized by an impulsive response. The new approach for the quantification of flood peaks in river basins characterised by the presence of artificial detention basins can be used to improve existing flood mitigation practices, support the design of flood control systems and flood risk analyses.

Salvatore Manfreda et al.

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-47', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Salvatore Manfreda, 11 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-47', Anonymous Referee #2, 18 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Salvatore Manfreda, 11 May 2021

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-47', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Salvatore Manfreda, 11 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-47', Anonymous Referee #2, 18 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Salvatore Manfreda, 11 May 2021

Salvatore Manfreda et al.

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In this work, we introduce a new theoretically derived probability distribution of the outflows of an in-line detention basin. The method may be used to evaluate the impact of flood control systems on flood occurrences and attenuation of floods. This may help and support risk management planning and design.