Evaluating a new LISFLOOD-FP formulation with the summer 2007 floods in Tewkesbury UK

JC Neal, GJ-P Schumann, TJ Fewtrell, MEA Budimir, PD Bates, DC Mason

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Two-dimensional flood inundation modelling is a widely used tool to aid flood risk management. In urban areas, where asset value and population density are greatest, the resolution required to represent flows through a typical street network often results in impractical computational cost at the whole city scale. Explicit diffusive storage cell models become very inefficient at high resolution, relative to shallow water models, because the stable time step scales as a quadratic of resolution. This paper presents the calibration and evaluation of a recently developed new formulation of the LISFLOOD-FP model, where stability is controlled by the Courant–Freidrichs–Levy condition for the shallow water equations, such that, the stable time step instead scales linearly with resolution. The case study used is based on observations during the summer 2007 floods in Tewkesbury, UK. Aerial photography is available for model evaluation on three separate days from the 24th to the 31st of July. The model covered a 3.6 km by 2 km domain and was calibrated using gauge data from high flows during the previous month. The new formulation was benchmarked against the original version of the model at 20 m and 40 m resolutions, demonstrating equally accurate performance given the available validation data but at 67x faster computation time. The July event was then simulated at the 2 m resolution of the available airborne LiDAR DEM. This resulted in a significantly more accurate simulation of the drying dynamics over the course resolution models, although estimates of peak inundation depth were similar.
Translated title of the contributionEvaluating a new LISFLOOD-FP formulation with the summer 2007 floods in Tewkesbury UK
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAHR 1st European congress 4th – 6th May 2010 Edinburgh, UK
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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