The Bellinge data set: open data and models for community-wide urban drainage systems research

Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen*, Jonas Wied Pedersen, Antonio Vigueras-Rodriguez, Annette Brink-Kjær, Morten Borup, Peter Steen Mikkelsen

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    This paper describes a comprehensive and unique open-access data set for research within hydrological and hydraulic modelling of urban drainage systems. The data come from a mainly combined urban drainage system covering a 1.7 km2 area in the town of Bellinge, a suburb of the city of Odense, Denmark. The data set consists of up to 10 years of observations (2010–2020) from 13 level meters, 1 flow meter, 1 position sensor and 4 power sensors in the system, along with rainfall data from three rain gauges and two weather radars (X- and C-band), and meteorological data from a nearby weather station. The system characteristics of the urban drainage system (information about manholes, pipes, etc.) can be found in the data set along with characteristics of the surface area (contour lines, surface description, etc.). Two detailed hydrodynamic, distributed urban drainage models of the system are provided in the software systems MIKE URBAN and EPA Storm Water Management Model (SWMM). The two simulation models generally show similar responses, but systematic differences are present since the models have not been calibrated. With this data set we provide a useful case that will enable independent testing and replication of results from future scientific developments and innovation within urban hydrology and urban drainage systems research. The data set can be downloaded from (Pedersen et al., 2021a).

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEarth System Science Data
    Issue number10
    Pages (from-to)4779-4798
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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