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Flood inundation modelling of flash floods in steep river basins and catchments

Kvočka, Davor, Ahmadian, Reza and Falconer, Roger 2017. Flood inundation modelling of flash floods in steep river basins and catchments. Water 9 (9) , -. 10.3390/w9090705

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Abstract

The potential flood inundation extent can be estimated with flood inundation models, which can differ in the level of physical and numerical modelling complexity included in the solution procedure. In recent years, several studies have highlighted the benefits of shock-capturing flood inundation models, particularly when modelling a high Froude number or supercritical flows, or in areas prone to the occurrence of rapidly varying flood events, such as flash floods. Nonetheless, decision makers are often reluctant to implement more complex modelling tools into practical flood inundation modelling studies, unless evidence is provided to establish when such refined modelling tools should be used. The main objective of this study was to determine a general threshold value of the bottom slope that could be used by decision makers as an orientation guide to ascertain when to use a specific type of flood inundation model. The results obtained suggest that in torrential river basins or catchments (i.e., river basins and catchments with a bed slope generally greater than 1%), the flood inundation modelling should be conducted by using a flood inundation model that include shock-capturing algorithms in the model solution procedure

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4441
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 12 September 2017
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 11:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104717

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