Rainfall-Runoff Modelling and Flood Hydrology

Module aims

  • To introduce rainfall-runoff concepts and methods and to understand modelling methodologies. This is important as rainfall-runoff models are hydrological tools, extensively used to support flood and water resource design and management and, increasingly, in broader environmental management applications, including water quality and hydro-ecological modelling.
  • To understand flood hydrology: current design, simulation methods, and developments needed to meet new challenges, such as the management of land use and climate change.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Become familiar with rainfall-runoff models
  • Carry out rainfall-runoff model-building and performance analysis.

Module syllabus

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Introduction; why to use rainfall-runoff models; modelling stages; model types; data requirements, and evolution of rainfall-runoff models. Introduction to Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Toolbox (RRMT).

AP

02

Flood inundation modelling.

JN

03

Soil Moisture Accounting and routing models. RRMT modelling tutorial.

AP

04

PDM and TOPMODEL.

RL

05

Model calibration, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty. Tutorial on automatic calibration, multi-objective analysis, sensitivity analysis and prediction uncertainty.

AP

06

Flood Estimation Handbook

TK

07

Predictions in ungauged basins: parameter regionalisation methods.

AP

08

Term project presentations.

AP

09

Flood forecasting.

MV

Teaching methods

Lectures and tutorial sessions. The teaching materials are supported with tutorials in rainfall-runoff modelling using Imperial College Rainfall Runoff modelling toolbox (RRMT) throughout the same lecture. 

Assessments

Assessment of the module is by a combination of examination and coursework.

Reading list

Core

Supplementary

Module leaders

Dr Athanasios Paschalis