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Discharge estimation in natural channels with significant lateral inflow
The indirect measurement technique for discharge estimation, based on water level data analysis in two different river
sections, is extended to the case of existing significant tributary flow between the two sections. The methodology is based
on the calibration of a numerical flow routing algorithm, solving the Saint-Venant equations in diffusive form along the main
channel between the two measurement sections. The first calibration parameter is the average Manning¡¯s roughness
coefficient holding in the main channel, the other ones are relative to the rating curve of each tributary channel, estimated
per unit roughness coefficient and per unit slope immediately before the junction of the tributary with the main channel.
The new methodology is tested against different flood events observed along one gauged river reach: the Alzette river
basin, in Luxembourg. The applied MAST hydraulic model solves the diffusive wave equations using the observed stage
hydrograph at the upstream section as boundary condition. The observed stage hydrograph at the downstream section is
used as benchmark function for the computation of the objective function to be minimized trough calibration.
Field tests include comparison of the numerical results with historical discharge and water depth data available in the
Alzette river.
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Category : 36th Congress - The Hague (2015) ALL CONTENT
Article : Water engineering
Date Published : 20/08/2015
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