Evaluating a new LISFLOOD-FP formulation with data from the summer 2007 floods in Tewkesbury, UK
Neal, J., Schumann, G., Fewtrell, T., Budimir, M., Bates, P. and Mason, D. (2011) Evaluating a new LISFLOOD-FP formulation with data from the summer 2007 floods in Tewkesbury, UK. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4 (2). pp. 88-95. ISSN 1753-318X
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-318X.2011.01093.x
Two-dimensional flood inundation modelling is a widely used tool to aid flood risk management. In urban areas, the model spatial resolution required to represent flows through a typical street network often results in an impractical computational cost at the city scale. This paper presents the calibration and evaluation of a recently developed formulation of the LISFLOOD-FP model, which is more computationally efficient at these resolutions. Aerial photography was available for model evaluation on 3 days from the 24 to the 31 of July. The new formulation was benchmarked against the original version of the model at 20 and 40 m resolutions, demonstrating equally accurate simulation, given the evaluation data but at a 67 times faster computation time. The July event was then simulated at the 2 m resolution of the available airborne LiDAR DEM. This resulted in more accurate simulation of the floodplain drying dynamics compared with the coarse resolution models, although maximum inundation levels were simulated equally well at all resolutions tested.