Towards hydrological assessment of storm water impacts on flow dynamics and ecology in urban rivers

Doerthe Tetzlaff, S. Uhlenbrook, M. Grottker, C. H. Leibundgut

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


There is continuing need to underpin the definition of hydrological parameters in assessing alterations in the flow dynamics of urban rivers, which have to be considered alongside qualitative impacts within an ecologically meaningful integrated assessment of the ecological status of urban rivers. The study addresses how combined sewer and storm water outflows change the hydrograph in urban rivers during storm events, and identifies appropriate hydrological parameters for this analysis. Discharge data sets from 15 flow events in two urban rivers in Germany were analysed to characterise the changes in the flow dynamics of urban rivers which are caused by both types of outlet. Their highly variable impact was shown to be dependent on event and antecedent conditions. The hydrological parameters can be used to consider the range of changes in flow dynamics This is important for analysis of urban rivers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrology, Science and Practice for the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the British Hydrological Society Conference held at Imperial College London, 12-16 July 2004
EditorsB. Webb, M. Acreman, C. Maksimovic, H. Smithers, C. Kirby
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherBritish Hydrological Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1-903741-11-4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventBritish Hydrological Society Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20041 Jul 2004


ConferenceBritish Hydrological Society Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


Dive into the research topics of 'Towards hydrological assessment of storm water impacts on flow dynamics and ecology in urban rivers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this