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02.13 Surface Runoff, Percolation, Total Runoff and Evaporation from Precipitation (Edition 2013)

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Statistical Base

The data for the calculation of the runoff quanta for the approx. 25,000 single sections of the ISU spatial reference system were provided by the Berlin Urban and Environmental Information System (ISU). A detailed description of the data bases can be found in the extensive documentation (Gerstenberg, Goedecke 2013).

The data on land use are based on the evaluation of aerial photography, borough land-use maps and additional documents for the Environmental Atlas (cf. Maps 06.01 and 06.02, as of 2011). Some twenty-two types of use have been distinguished.

The long-term average values of precipitation for the series of years 1961 through 1990, showing the annual average temperatures and the means for the summer semesters (May through October), were calculated from the measurements from 97 measuring stations of the Free University of Berlin and the German Meteorological Service (cf. Map 04.08, as of 1994). The data from this model were calculated for the center-point coordinates of the block segments.

For the potential evaporation, long-term average average values of the TURC evaporation, increased by 10 %, were used. These were calculated from observations by climate stations in the Berlin area. For the municipal area, borough-referenced values between 610 and 630 mm/yr. and between 495 and 505 mm for the summer semester were assigned.

The degree of impervious coverage was determined for the Environmental Atlas by evaluating ALK data (Automated Properties Map) for the built-up impervious surfaces, and by analysis of high-resolution multi-spectral satellite image data for the non-built-up impervious surfaces. The method was developed in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and the company Digital Services for the 2007 edition of the sealing card and used again for the 2012 edition with current data. The data initially did not include roadways (cf. Map 01.02, as of 2012). The data base distinguishes between the built-up impervious area (roof surfaces) and the non-built-up impervious area (parking lots, walkways etc.). For the non-built-up impervious area, the proportions of various surface-cover types was also an important factor. The surface-cover types were grouped into four surface-cover classes (cf. Tab. 2), and specifically ascertained for individual structural types on test areas in the terrain, and then referenced to all block segments of the same structural type.

Details on the impervious coverage degree of roadway areas were taken from statistics on roadways and their pavements from the Senate Building Department. The surface-cover types listed there were grouped into the above-mentioned surface-cover classes. Since these statistics only exist at the borough level, the impervious coverage degree and surface-cover class distributions were assigned generally to all areas of each borough.

The soil-scientific data on the usable field capacity of the shallow-root zone (0-30 cm) and the usable field capacity of the deep-root zone (0-150 cm) were derived from the Berlin Soil Association Map (cf. Map 01.01, as of 2013) in the context of an expert report (Aey 1993).

For the determination of the depths to water table, a digital terrain model with a 5 m grid width was used (cf. Map 01.08, as of 2010). Parallel to that, a model of the height of the groundwater surface was compiled from measurements at observation pipes of the State Groundwater Service and by the Berlin Water Utility obtained of May 2009. The depth-to-the-water-table data used for the calculation of the runoff were then calculated for the center-point coordinates of the block segments from the difference model between the altitude model and the groundwater height model (cf. Map 02.07, as of 2010) for the block segments.

The section size is used for the calculation of runoff volumes. The size of each block segment (without roadway areas) is available from the ISU. In addition, the estimated surface area of the roadway surface, referenced to each single block segment, was indicated. For this purpose, available data on the area of roadways at the level of the statistical area were weighted for surface area and calculated for the segments.

The data on the wastewater/sewage system were obtained from the Map Disposal of Rainwater and Sewage (cf. Map 02.09, SenStadt 2012), which shows the situation as of the beginning of 2012. The criterion was the existence of sewage lines for rainwater in the adjacent streets. The data is therefore initially independent of actual inflow of rainwater. The map only states whether the block is connected to the wastewater/sewage system at all. It is to be assumed that some highly impervious areas (mostly industrial and commercial areas) pass their rainwater on via the public wastewater/sewage system or private pipes, but no information is available on this.

However, the map did not yet state the extent to which the water derived from the built-up or impervious areas is actually passed on. For this purpose, special investigations have been necessary. For an estimate of the actual degree of connection to the wastewater/sewage system, one new data source had become available since the first application of the model to Berlin (SenStadtUmTech 1999). In the context of the restructuring of the sewage-fee schedule by the Berlin Waterworks (BWB), a property-specific survey of impervious areas was carried out, which distinguished between connected and non-connected impervious areas. Its purpose was to determine the costs of rainwater disposal, largely according to the principle of causality. These data were also recorded graphically and submitted to the Senate Department, aggregated to the data surfaces of the spatial reference system of the ISU. The evaluation of these data showed, however, that the BWB's graphic recording had not been carried out everywhere. For this reason, the original data could not be used directly for the water balance model. Based on the consideration that the degree of connection is closely related to the age and structure of the buildings, averge values were therefore determining arithmetically for each structural type from the BWB data and the map of building structures (cf. Map 06.07, as of 2011), which covers all areas, and assigned to all single blocks connected to the wastewater/sewage system. The results are summarized in Tab. 1. A comparison of the values with those ascertained by Bach (1977) yielded good agreement. Only in the case of green and open areas with little or no built-up component, the degrees of connection of the non-built-up impervious surfaces differ strongly from the values determined by Bach.

Tab. 1: Effective Degree of Connection of Impervious Areas to the Wastewater/Sewage System (Sewage Service Level) for Berlin Urban Structural Types (as of 2012)


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[Table is also available as Excel-File (MS-Excel is required).]

For the determination of percolation without consideration for impervious coverage (Map 02.13.4), the input data were changed by setting the impervious coverage level to zero for all sections, and hence effectively not considering it. The surface area of roadways was also set to zero, so that the resulting values refer only to the pervious surfaces of the blocks.

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