The influence of rainfall time resolution for urban waterquality modelling

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The objective of this paper is the definition of a methodology to evaluate the impact of the temporal resolution of rainfall measurements in urban drainage modelling applications. More specifically the effect of the temporal resolution on urban water quality modelling is detected analysing the uncertainty of the response of rainfall–runoff modelling. Analyses have been carried out using historical rainfall–discharge data collected for the Fossolo catchment (Bologna, Italy). According to the methodology, the historical rainfall data are taken as a reference, and resampled data have been obtained through a rescaling procedure withvariable temporal windows. The shape comparison between ‘true’ and rescaled rainfall data has been carried out using a non-dimensional accuracy index. Monte Carlo simulationshave been carried out applying a parsimonious urban water quality model, using the recorded data and the resampled events. The results of the simulations were used to derive thecumulative probabilities of quantity and quality model outputs (peak discharges, flow volume,peak concentrations and pollutant mass) conditioned on the observation according to the GLUE (Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation) methodology. The results showedthat when coarser rainfall information is available, the model calibration process is still efficient even if modelling uncertainty progressively increases especially with regards to water quality aspects.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)2381-2390
Numero di pagine10
RivistaWater Science and Technology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2010

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