Finite Element Analysis of Hillslope Variations in Surface Runoff

by Baxter E. Vieux, Michigan State Univ, United States,
Jiahan Chen, Michigan State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Planning and Analysis in Action


Watershed management decisions are aided through an accurate understanding of hydrologic processes. The finite element method applied to surface runoff with spatially variable hydraulic parameters provides the capability to accurately simulate surface runoff. Comparison of a finite element analysis to field measured values of flow depth and discharge on six hillslopes is reported.

Subject Headings: Flow measurement | Runoff | Field tests | Finite element method | Spatial variability | Hydraulics | Parameters (statistics) | Comparative studies

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