The Application of Streamflow Duration Curves in Water Resources Engineering

by Richard M. Vogel, (M.ASCE), Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,
Neil M. Fennessey, (A.M.ASCE), Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,

Abstract: Streamflow duration curves are a useful graphical and analytical tool for illustrating the relationship between the frequency and magnitude of daily streamflow. They are commonly used to solve a wide range of standard problems including hydropower, irrigation, water quality, instream flow, water supply, river and reservoir sedimentation. This study provides a brief review of some old and some new applications.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Water resources | Streamflow | Water supply | Curvature | River flow | Water flow | Reservoirs

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