Processes acting on the formation of surface runoff (4)

In urban areas the surface runoff on drained areas does not have this complexity. However it does not follow the hillslope. Drainage measures can divert the surface runoff into storm water pipes which might drain opposite to the terrain slope. In case of exceeding pipe capacity the excess surfaced runoff will follow the terrain slope leading to diverting drainage directions of the runoff in the pipe and on the surface.


An example of an urban catchment

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