Global sensitivity analysis of KINEROS2 hydrologic model parameters representing green infrastructure using the STAR-VARS framework

Yoganand Korgaonkar, Menberu B. Meles, D. Phillip Guertin, David C. Goodrich, Carl Unkrich

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Abstract

The KINematic runoff and EROSion model (version 2; KINEROS2) provides an urban component that is capable of modeling urban hydrology including green infrastructure (GI) practices at various scales. The KINEROS2 model provides 15 parameters that can represent a variety of GI practices. The goal of this study is to understand the sensitivity of the KINEROS2 model outputs (infiltration, peak flow, runoff volume, and outflow hydrograph) to these 15 parameters, across seven different precipitation events, and at the watershed as well as the parcel scale. A global sensitivity analysis (GSA) was performed using the Variogram Analysis of Response Surfaces (VARS) framework to produce sensitivity metrics. Results from the time-aggregate GSA indicate that parameter sensitivities follow trends based on precipitation intensity and duration. Time-varying GSA indicate sensitivity of parameters to hyetograph shape, especially the duration to maximum precipitation intensity. The variation in sensitivity is influenced by the peaks and valleys in the precipitation hyetograph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104814
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Volume132
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Global sensitivity analysis
  • Green infrastructure
  • KINEROS2
  • Urban hydrology
  • Variogram analysis of response surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecological Modeling

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