11 Apr 2023
 | 11 Apr 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal HESS.

An advanced tool integrating failure and sensitivity analysis to novel modeling for stormwater flooding volume

Francesco Fatone, Bartosz Szeląg, Przemysław Kowal, Arthur McGarity, Adam Kiczko, Grzegorz Wałek, Ewa Wojciechowska, Michał Stachura, and Nicolas Caradot

Abstract. An innovative tool for modelling specific flood volume was presented, which can be applied to assess the need for stormwater network modernisation as well as for advanced flood risk assessment. Field measurements for a catchment area in Kielce, Poland were used to apply the model and demonstrate its usefulness. This model extends the capabilities of recently developed statistical and/or machine learning hydrodynamic models developed from multiple runs of the U.S. EPA’s Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) model. The extensions enable inclusion of: 1) characteristics of the catchment, and its stormwater network, calibrated model parameters expressing catchment retention and the capacity of the sewer system, (2) extended sensitivity analysis and (3) risk analysis. Sensitivity coefficients of calibrated model parameters include correction coefficients for percentage area, flow path, depth of storage, impervious area, Manning roughness coefficients for impervious areas, and Manning roughness coefficients for sewer channels. Sensitivity coefficients were determined with regard to rainfall intensity and characteristics of the catchment and stormwater network. Extended sensitivity analysis enabled an evaluation of the variability of the specific flood volume and sensitivity coefficients within a catchment, in order to identify the most vulnerable areas threatened by flooding, Thus, the model can be used to identify areas particularly susceptible to stormwater network failure and the sections of the network where corrective actions should be taken to reduce the probability of system failure. The developed simulator to determine a specific flood volume represents an alternative approach to the SWMM model that, unlike current approaches, is calibratable with limited topological data availability, therefore generates a lower cost due to the less amount and specificity of data required.

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Short summary
A novel methodology for the development of a stormwater network performance simulator and advanced risk assessment, were proposed. The applied tool enables the analysis of the influence of the spatial variability of catchment and stormwater network characteristics on the relation between SWMM parameters and specific flood volume, as an alternative approach to mechanistic models. The proposed method can be used at the stage of catchment model development and spatial planning management