Natural Hazards

, Volume 9, Issue 1–2, pp 95–108 | Cite as

Hydrological response to radar rainfall maps through a distributed model

  • Ignazio Becchi
  • Enrica Caporali
  • Elena Palmisano
Part II: Hydrological Hazards


Weather radars in investigating physical characteristics of precipitation are becoming essential instruments in the field of short term meteorological investigation and forecasting. To analyze the radar signal impact in hydrological forecasting, precipitation input fields, generated through a statistical mathematical model, are supplied to a distributed hydrological model. Such a model would allow the control of the basin response to precipitation measurements obtained by a meteorological radar and, in the meanwhile, to evaluate the influence of distributed input. The distributed model describes the basin hydrological behavior, subdividing it into distinct geometrical cells and increasing the physical significance by reproducing the distributed hydrographic basins characteristics, such as infiltration capacity, runoff concentration time, network propagation speed, soil moisture influence. Each basin cell is characterized by its geological, pedological and morphological status, and may be considered a unitary hydrological system, linked to the others by geomorphological and hydraulic relationships. To evaluate the dynamics of the flood event a synthetic representation of the channel network is introduced, where each stream branch is modeled as a linear reservoir. Finally, the discharge in the outlet section is derived, taking into account the hydraulic characteristics of the upstream branches.

Kew words

Floods real time forecasting nowcasting weather monitoring hydrological forecasting 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignazio Becchi
    • 1
  • Enrica Caporali
    • 1
  • Elena Palmisano
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria CivileUniversità di FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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