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Rainfall Runoff and Flood Simulations for Hurricane Impacts on Woonasquatucket River, USA

Wenrui Huang 1, Fei Teng 2, Isaac Ginis 3, David Ullman 3, and Eren Ozguven 1
1. Department of Civil Engineering, Florida A&M University, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, USA
2. Department of Research and Plan, Shanghai Water Engineering Design and Research Institute, 99 Zhongning Road, Shanghai, China
3. School of Ocenography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansset, RI, USA

Abstract—Integrated hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling study has been conducted to investigate hurricane impact on Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island, USA. Model simulation was conducted for the case study of 2010 storm event. The hydrological model simulates the runoff from the heavy rainstorm, while the river hydrodynamic model simulates the flood waves affected by the interactions of upstream rainfall runoff and downstream storm surge. Results indicate that the river floods was dominant by rainfall runoff in upper river reaches, but dominant by storm surge in the lower river area near the estuary

Index Terms— flood, rainfall runoff, storm surge, storm, hurricane

Cite: Wenrui Huang, Fei Teng, Isaac Ginis, David Ullman, and Eren Ozguven, "Rainfall Runoff and Flood Simulations for Hurricane Impacts on Woonasquatucket River, USA," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 239-244, August 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.9.3.239-244

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