An Earth observation based method to assess the influence of seasonal dynamics of canopy interception storage on the urban water balance

Boud Verbeiren, Ho Khanh Nguyen, Charlotte Wirion, Okke Batelaan

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    Abstract

    Vegetation is often represented in an oversimplified way in hydrological models for urbanised catchments, resulting in a generalised parameterisation of urban green. This is common practice, despite the fact that some studies clearly indicate that both the coverage and influence of urban green is often underestimated. In general vegetated surfaces play an important role as areas of recharge, for the redistribution of precipitation and in the regulation of surface runoff, especially for medium intensity storms. Hence, a more realistic and spatially distributed vegetation parameterisation would be of high value for hydrological modelling in urban catchments. In this paper an Earth observation based methodology is presented as an alternative to quantify the influence of canopy interception storage as well as the influence of seasonal dynamics on the urban water balance. Results indicate that Earth observation based interception storage capacities for the Upper Woluwe catchment (Brussels) are up to 25% higher than values obtained from literature, resulting in an increase of cumulative interception rates with 10% over a two year period. The results seem to vary with the rainfall intensity as well as with seasonal dynamics. In order to prove the general applicability of the proposed approach, these results need further confirmation using multi-year analyses and preferably a validation with ground truthing, which is a challenging future task.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBELGEO
    Volume2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Aster terra
    • Interception storage
    • Seasonality
    • Upper woluwe (Brussels)
    • Urban green
    • Urban water balance

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