The role of natural ponds in controlling the urban runoff regime

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Urbanization, beside an increase in impervious cover, is often associated with a reduction of natural ponds and wetlands along streams. This process is poorly studied in urban hydrology literature, but contributes to modify the hydrological regime of urbanizing catchments by reducing the storage capacity available to retain runoff. This communication presents a research using data from seven gauging stations in a catchment (50 km²) of the Brussels Region. First, these data are used to compare the hydrological regime of urbanized and forested catchments. Then, a set of scenarios are simulated over a forested subcatchment. Scenarios include an increase in the impervious cover of the catchment and the removal of existing ponds, in order to test the respective role of each of these processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNOVATECH 2016 Lyon, France
Subtitle of host publicationPollution des rejets urbains de temps de pluie/Pollution of wet weather flow - Modélisation/Models
PublisherGRAIE, Lyon, France (FRA)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNovatech - Lyon, France
Duration: 28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016




  • Urban water
  • Green space
  • Blue network


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