Flood hazard awareness and hydrologic modelling at Ambos Nogales, United States-Mexico border

L. M. Norman, H. Huth, L. Levick, I. Shea Burns, D. Phillip Guertin, F. Lara-Valencia, D. Semmens

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Appropriate land-use, watershed-management, and flood-attenuation plans are critical in the cross-border urban environment known collectively as Ambos Nogales. This paper summarizes methodologies for predicting the watershed response associated with land-use change within a spatial and temporal context through the use of a hydrological model in a cross-border setting. The KINEROS2 model is implemented via the Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment 2.0 geographic information system interface to evaluate the watershed of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, to assess flood vulnerability by quantifying volumes of runoff and peak flow, based on alternative land-use scenarios. Cross-border geospatial data acquisition and input to models are described. Discussions about the KINEROS2 model results identify flood-prone areas, simulate the impact of land-use change, and evaluate the impact of potential flood-control interventions in the Ambos Nogales watershed. Products from this research are being used in a comprehensive plan for sustainable development in Ambos Nogales. Journal Compilation

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-165
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Flood Risk Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Binational
  • Flood
  • Modelling
  • Watershed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Water Science and Technology


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