Comparison of methods to estimate suspended solids loads in urban stormwater

Brodie, Ian and Porter, Mark (2007) Comparison of methods to estimate suspended solids loads in urban stormwater. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 11 (2). pp. 221-230. ISSN 1324-1583


[Abstract]: Planning of stormwater management strategies often requires estimating the concentration or mass load of pollutants in storm runoff generated from urban areas. In Australia, it is common practice to use simple methods that adopt a constant event mean concentration (EMC) for all storms under analysis. Alternatively, a stochastic concentration may be used to introduce variability between storm events. A comparison is made between three of these 'Mean EMC Methods' and five proposed methods. Each method was evaluated in terms of accuracy in predicting suspended solids EMCs against data measured for a road surface located in Toowoomba, Queensland. The cumulative error in estimating the total load for a sequence of storm events was also assessed. The Mean EMC Methods demonstrated low accuracies compared to the proposed alternatives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2007 05:33
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 02:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: stormwater, road runoff, particle loads, suspended solids, water quality, event mean concentration
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering

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