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Variation of the LISFLOOD runoff model for a mountainous catchment

Project ID: 1964
Funded under: FP5-JRC


Within the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the physically based LISFLOOD model is under development for simulations of floods in large European drainage basins. This model makes it possible to investigate the causes of the flooding and the influence of landuse, soil characteristics and antecedent soil moisture conditions in large watersheds. After calibration and validation of the LISFLOOD model on two transnational drainage basins, the Meuse and the Oder, the model has now been tested on the Toce watershed in Italy, which has a relatively small catchment but has an extreme elevation span. The report concludes that LISFLOOD seems to be applicable to high relief basins after calibration of the parameters for groundwater conductivity. Especially the fast descend of the recession curve has to be examined. After further calibration, it is recommended to run the LISFLOOD model again using the pycnoprophylactic iterpolation method instead of the inverse distance method.

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Authors: DE ROO A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DE JONG S, University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht (NL);EVERHARDUS C, University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20514 EN (2002), pp.25. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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