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Water dynamics in an infiltration trench in an urban centre in Brazil

Artur Paiva Coutinho1, Paulo Henrique Lopes Bezerra2, Laurent Lassabatere3, Severino Martins dos Santos Neto4, Tassia dos Anjos Tenório Melo5, Antonio Celso Dantas Antonino4, Rafael Angulo-Jaramillo3, and Suzana Maria Gico Lima Montenegro2
Artur Paiva Coutinho et al.
  • 1Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Av. Marielle Franco, s/n - Km 59 – Nova Caruaru, Caruaru - PE, Brazil. CEP: 55014-900
  • 2Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Av. da Arquitetura, s/n. Cidade Universitária, Recife-PE, Brazil. CEP: 50740-545
  • 3Univ Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, ENTPE, UMR5023 LEHNA, F-69518, Vaulx-en-Velin, France
  • 4Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Av. Luiz Freire, n. 1000. Cidade Universitária, Recife-PE, Brazil. CEP: 50740-545
  • 5Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE, CAC - Centro de Artes e Comunicação, Av. da Arquitetura, S/n - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE, 50740-550 PE, Brasil

Infiltration trenches are compensatory techniques that have been settled up for decades. These aim to store the stormwater previously collected and infiltrate water into its banks. The objectives of the proposed study consist of modeling the water dynamics in an infiltration trench in order to evaluate its hydraulic performance. The studied trench is installed in the city of Recife (Pernambuco-Brazil, Brazil). We analyzed the response time of the infiltration system, the percentage of the infiltrated volume, and the dynamics of water storage processes for an extensive series of several rainfall events. We used the PULS method to model the events and quantify the contributions of each compartment to the water budget (infiltration, evaporation, etc.). Both observations and modeling demonstrated that the infiltration trench had a positive effect, with high performance, allowing the infiltrating of a large part of the drained volume. The infiltration trench achieved its objective of decreasing the volume drained on the surface. In this research, we also question the changes in the soil characteristics with time (in particular clogging of the banks) and the potential occurrence of preferential flow.

How to cite: Coutinho, A. P., Lopes Bezerra, P. H., Lassabatere, L., Neto, S. M. D. S., Melo, T. D. A. T., Antonino, A. C. D., Angulo-Jaramillo, R., and Montenegro, S. M. G. L.: Water dynamics in an infiltration trench in an urban centre in Brazil, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9216,, 2022.