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A Method for Modeling Urban Water Infrastructures Combining Geo-Referenced Data

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Chair of Fluid Systems, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
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German Aerospace Center, 51147 Cologne, Germany
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Academic Editors: Robert Sitzenfrei, Kegong Diao and David Butler
Water 2021, 13(16), 2299; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162299
Received: 22 June 2021 / Revised: 12 August 2021 / Accepted: 16 August 2021 / Published: 22 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilience of Interdependent Urban Water Systems)
Water distribution networks are the backbone of any municipal water supply. Their task is to supply the population regardless of the respective demand. High resilience of these infrastructures is of great importance and has brought these infrastructures into the focus of science and politics. At the same time, the data collected is highly sensitive and often openly unavailable. Therefore, researchers have to rely on models that represent the topology of these infrastructures. In this work, a model is developed that allows the topology of an urban water infrastructure to be mapped using the example of Cologne, Germany by combining freely available data. On the one hand, spatial data on land use (local climate zones) are used to disaggregate the water demand within the city under consideration. On the other hand, the parallelism of water and urban transportation infrastructures is used to identify the topology of a network by applying optimization methods. These networks can be analyzed to identify vulnerable areas within urban structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: water distribution systems; water infrastructure generation; resilience; water demand specification; geo-referenced data; local climate zones; urban water demand water distribution systems; water infrastructure generation; resilience; water demand specification; geo-referenced data; local climate zones; urban water demand
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Rehm, I.-S.; Friesen, J.; Pouls, K.; Busch, C.; Taubenböck, H.; Pelz, P.F. A Method for Modeling Urban Water Infrastructures Combining Geo-Referenced Data. Water 2021, 13, 2299. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162299

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Rehm I-S, Friesen J, Pouls K, Busch C, Taubenböck H, Pelz PF. A Method for Modeling Urban Water Infrastructures Combining Geo-Referenced Data. Water. 2021; 13(16):2299. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162299

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Rehm, Imke-Sophie, John Friesen, Kevin Pouls, Christoph Busch, Hannes Taubenböck, and Peter F. Pelz. 2021. "A Method for Modeling Urban Water Infrastructures Combining Geo-Referenced Data" Water 13, no. 16: 2299. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162299

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