A shallow-water model with depth-dependent porosity for urban flood modeling


Martin Bruwier, Pierre Archambeau, S├ębastien Erpicum, Michel Pirotton, Benjamin Dewals

Friday 3 july 2015

14:00 - 14:15h at Oceania Foyer (level 0)

Themes: (T) Flood risk management and adaptation, (ST) Flooding along in rivers and coasts

Parallel session: 16L. Flood risk - Flooding


The availability of high-resolution topographic data enables the modeling of urban floods with a high level of accuracy. However, such a modelling has a poor computational efficiency. Subgrid models enable to decrease the computational time by using coarse cells while preserving information from the detailed topographic data to some degree. In particular, shallow-water models with porosity constitute a subgrid model well-adapted for urban flood modeling. In this article, a new set of fully dynamic shallow-water equations with depth-dependent porosities is presented. Then, the implementation of the model is detailed and preliminary results obtained for a theoretical two-dimensional urban area are analyzed. Unlike recent works, the new model solves the fully dynamic shallow-water equations with depth-dependent and anisotropic porosities, a divergent formulation of the bed slope term, a non-staggered grid with quadrilateral cells and an efficient use of look-up tables to store the porosity relations.