Evaluating river cross section geometry for a hydraulic river routing model : Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins
Hijar Santibanez, Alfredo Raul
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A new methodology is presented to construct reliable river channel cross section approximations. These approximations are based on the idea of downstream hydraulic geometry as well as supported by the information collected by the USGS streamflow measurement stations across the study area. A hydraulic river routing model (SPRNT) is run with the newly constructed cross section approximations. Initial conditions for the simulation are estimated based on the steady state solution for the model. Boundary conditions or lateral inflows for the river network are estimated based on the outputs of a Land Surface model: Noah, which provides surface and sub-surface runoff for every catchment area in the San Antonio and Guadalupe river basins. Simulations are compared with observed measurements from the USGS stations.