An Engineering Appraisal of Hydrological Data: Progress Report of the Task Group on Hydrologic Data of the Committee on Hydrology of the Hydraulics Division

Committee on Hydrology

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 7, Pg. 1-24

Document Type: Journal Paper


A brief chronology is given of studies made since 1936 on the adequacy of hydrologic data. The resulting reports by governmental, non-governmental and engineering groups reveal a continuing need for more and better hydrologic data for most purposes. The Task Group study shows progress in several areas, including trends toward faster and more useful reporting data, better emphasis on analysis and interpretation, use of new methods of data processing and need to accommodate new types of data. Recommendations point to strengthening data programs at both state and federal levels. The responsibilities of civil engineers are outlined.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic data | Hydraulics | Hydrologic models | Computing in civil engineering | Federal government

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