[AOS15-P02] Comparison of model performance between global- and regional-scale river models in simulating compound flooding in coastal deltas in the world’s continental rivers
Keywords:compound flooding, global models, coastal deltas
The objective of this study is to enhance our understanding on issues in modelling compound flooding in the framework of global river models. To achieve this, we compare the difference in model performance between a global- and a regional-scale river model for the simulation of flood inundation in delta regions. We selected CaMa-Flood as a global model and LISFLOOD-FP as a regional model respectively. The reason for the choice of these models is that both the momentum equation and the sub-grid approximation of floodplain inundation dynamics are the same in the models, which enables us to compare the model performance in terms of dimensions, i.e., 1 dimensional flow equation for CaMa-Flood, and 2 dimension for LISFLOOD-FP. We proposed a method to construct LISFLOOD-FP model based on the topography and river channel bathymetry taken in CaMa-Flood to make the input topographical data as similar as possible. Simulation results suggest that while the overall flood extent was similar for both models, the spatial pattern of floodplain inundation depth differed because of the unit-catchment shape, i.e., the spatial unit of calculation taken in the CaMa-Flood model.