Wave Propagation in Steep Rough Mountain Streams

by Leon James Bren, Research Forester; Forests Commission Victoria, Treasury Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,
Alfred Keith Turner, Reader; Agricultural Engrg. Section, Dept.of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 5, Pg. 745-754

Document Type: Journal Paper


Kinematic wave theory was tested along a small, steep, rough mountain stream in a forest environment. The necessary parameters were independently measured over a length of natural channel and the derived ralationship used to compare physically generated hydrographs to simulated hydrographs, the agreement being good. Certain features of the hydrographs could not be simulated by the theory without a more complex discharge-storage relationship for the channel. Perturbations in a flow regime caused by the measurement technique were transmitted downstream in a stable manner.

Subject Headings: Hydrographs | Wave propagation | Mountains | Rivers and streams | Kinematic waves | Flow measurement | Forests | Parameters (statistics)

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