Towards natural water cycle in urban areas : Modelling stormwater management designs

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Research units

  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Sitowise


Urbanization modifies the natural water cycle particularly by reducing the water storage capacity. We analysed the storage capacity of three stormwater management designs in south-western Finland to demonstrate how an urban catchment releases stormwater and how storage contributes to flood resilience. The analysis relies on EPA SWMM5.1 simulations of water balance for a seven-month period including two extreme rain events during the summer and autumn. The enhanced storage capacity provided by the designs increased resilience against flooding and released stormwater with slower rates leading to reduced peak flows. Even the design with the least storage (10% LID coverage) was efficient at regulating floods due to controlled flow in a vegetated swale, whereas the design with the highest storage capacity (60% LID coverage) demonstrated the possibility of restoring nearly natural water cycle in urban catchments. The study suggests storage capacity can act as a flood resilience indicator directly linked with the physical catchment characteristics.


Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Water Journal
Early online date25 Dec 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Dec 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • catchment resilience, storage capacity, Stormwater management designs, SWMM

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