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Modelling of a Bioretention Cell Soil Moisture Regime in Southern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Landman, Karen Paquette, Samantha 2012-05-04T19:30:00Z 2012-05-04T19:30:00Z 2012-04 2012-05-01 2012-05-04
dc.description.abstract Current stormwater management practices (SMP) are not sufficient for maintaining predevelopment runoff volumes. Low impact development (LID) uses site scale SMP to reduce runoff. Bioretention cells, one practice within LID, are small planting beds designed to filter and infiltrate runoff using amended soil and vegetation. The bioretention cell can create a harsh soil moisture regime for plants that has not been adequately characterized. Bioretention cell construction, meteorological, and soil science data were built into the Happy Plant Model to determine how often bioretention plants were saturated and experienced water stress over a thirty year period. The model takes into account eight design factors: soil media depth and texture, gravel storage, ponding depth, drainage area, in situ soil infiltration rate, the landscape coefficient, and root zone depth. The Happy Plant model will aid future studies and landscape architecture practitioners with bioretention plant selection. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject water balance model en_US
dc.subject stormwater management en_US
dc.subject landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject ecological engineering en_US
dc.title Modelling of a Bioretention Cell Soil Moisture Regime in Southern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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