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Storm Water Management Model Reference Manual Volume I, Hydrology


Rossman, L. AND W. Huber. Storm Water Management Model Reference Manual Volume I, Hydrology. US EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/162A, 2015.


The EPA Storm Water Management Model, SWMM, first developed in 1969-71, was one of the first models focusing on stormwater. It has been continually maintained and updated and is perhaps the best known and most widely used of the available urban runoff quantity/quality models (Huber and Roesner, 2013). This technical reference manual (one of three volumes) describes the hydrology process simulated in SWMM.


SWMM is a dynamic rainfall-runoff simulation model used for single event or long-term (continuous) simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. The runoff component of SWMM operates on a collection of subcatchment areas that receive precipitation and generate runoff and pollutant loads. The routing portion of SWMM transports this runoff through a system of pipes, channels, storage/treatment devices, pumps, and regulators. SWMM tracks the quantity and quality of runoff generated within each subcatchment, and the flow rate, flow depth, and quality of water in each pipe and channel during a simulation period comprised of multiple time steps.

Record Details:

Product Published Date: 09/15/2015
Record Last Revised: 02/25/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 309346