Synthesis of Snowmelt Runoff Hydrographs

by Alfred B. Cunningham, (A.M.ASCE), Research Assoc.; Water Resources Center, Desert Research Inst., Univ. of Nevada, Reno, Nev.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 51-67

Document Type: Journal Paper


A generalized procedure is suggested for synthesis of snowmelt runoff hydrographs, exclusive of the effects of incident rainfall, for use in regions with limited hydrologic data. This procedure, referred to as the Dimensionless Snowmelt Hydrograph (DSH), incorporates a hydrograph profile for at least one runoff event directly in the methodology. Basic data requirements include mean daily temperature and streamflow along with representative water equivalent values for the drainage basin. Examples of applications to several Sierra Nevada drainage basins are analyzed and limitations of the procedure considered.

Subject Headings: Drainage basins | Hydrologic data | Snowmelt | Runoff | Hydrographs | Rainfall-runoff relationships | Temperature effects | Streamflow | Nevada | United States

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