Estimating the Return Period of Multiyear Droughts

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by Jose D. Salas,
Zeyad Tarawneh,
Don K. Frevert,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Transitions in Water and Environmental Resources Management:

Abstract: Characterizing the return period of hydrologic events has been an important subject in water resources planning and management studies for many decades. The alternative approach has been compared and tested based on the historical and simulated streamflows of the yearly flow time series of the Poudre River, Colorado and the Truckee River, Nevada. The results show that significant different results are obtained depending on the drought definition utilized.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Water resources | Resource management | Rivers and streams | Flow simulation | Streamflow | Hydrologic models | Water shortage | Flow duration | North America | United States | Nevada | Colorado

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