A rainfall-runoff model for an urban watershed in Tucson, Arizona
KeywordsRain and rainfall -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Mathematical models.
Runoff -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Mathematical models.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Tucson, Arizona, have been collecting rainfall and runoff data on several watersheds in the Tucson area for several years. Among the purposes of this project is to use the data to test rainfall-runoff models in an effort to find one to successfully simulate flood flows in Tucson. One such model, the Distributed Routing Rainfall-Runoff Model (DR3M), was tested using data collected on Rob Wash in Tucson. It was found DR3M performs about as well as it does in other parts of the United States, although it tends to underestimate flood flows for large storms and overestimate flows for smaller storms. Unique features with regard to the hydrology of urban Tucson require special attention when using DR3M; these features are associated with the nature of dry washes and summer rainfall in Tucson. Experience indicates DR3M is not truly a deterministic model.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Hydrology and Water Resources