SSUIS: a research model for predicting suspended solids loads in stormwater runoff from urban impervious surfaces

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Brodie, Ian M.. 2012. "SSUIS: a research model for predicting suspended solids loads in stormwater runoff from urban impervious surfaces." Water Science and Technology. 65 (12), pp. 2140-2147. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2012.131
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SSUIS: a research model for predicting suspended solids loads in stormwater runoff from urban impervious surfaces

ERA Journal ID4696
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorBrodie, Ian M.
Journal TitleWater Science and Technology
Journal Citation65 (12), pp. 2140-2147
Number of Pages8
Year2012
PublisherIWA Publishing
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0273-1223
1996-9732
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2012.131
Web Address (URL)http://www.iwaponline.com/wst/06512/wst065122140.htm
Abstract

Suspended solids from urban impervious surfaces (SSUIS) is a spreadsheet-based model that predicts the mass loading of suspended solids (SS) in stormwater runoff generated from impervious urban surfaces. The model is intended to be a research tool and incorporates several particle accumulation and washoff processes. Development of SSUIS is based on interpretation of storm event data obtained from a galvanised iron roof, a concrete car park and a bitumen road located in Toowoomba, Australia. SSUIS is a source area model that tracks the particle mass balance on the impervious surface and within its lateral drain to a point of discharge. Particles are separated into two groups: free and detained, depending on the rainfall energy required for surface washoff. Calibration and verification of SSUIS against the Toowoomba SS data yielded R2 values ranging from 0.60 to 0.98. Parameter sensitivity analysis and an example of how SSUIS can be applied to predict the treatment efficiency of a grass swale are also provided.

Keywordsimpervious surfaces; stormwater; suspended solids; urban runoff; water quality
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401001. Engineering design
349999. Other chemical sciences not elsewhere classified
400513. Water resources engineering
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Catchments
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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