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Calibration of a distributed routing rainfall-runoff model at four urban sites near Miami, Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 80-1

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Abstract

Urban stormwater data from four Miami, Fla. catchments were collected and compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey and were used for testing the applicability of deterministic modeling for characterizing stormwater flows from small land-use areas. A description of model calibration and verification is presented for: (1) A 40.8 acre single-family residential area, (2) a 58.3-acre highway area, (3) a 20.4-acre commercial area, and (4) a 14.7-acre multifamily residential area. Rainfall-runoff data for 80, 108, 114, and 52 storms at sites, 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively, were collected, analyzed, and stored on direct-access files. Rainfall and runoff data for these storms (at 1-minute time intervals) were used in flow-modeling simulation analyses. A distributed routing Geological Survey rainfall-runoff model was used to determine rainfall excess and route overland and channel flows at each site. Optimization of soil-moisture- accounting and infiltration parameters was performed during the calibration phases. The results of this study showed that, with qualifications, an acceptable verification of the Geological Survey model can be achieved. (Kosco-USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Calibration of a distributed routing rainfall-runoff model at four urban sites near Miami, Florida
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
80-1
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1980
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Gulf Coast Hydroscience Center, National Space Technology Laboratories,
Description:
vii, 87 p. :ill., maps ;29 cm.