Hydrographs by Single Linear Reservoir Model

by John T. Pedersen, (A.M.ASCE), Hydraulic Engr.; Hydrologic Engrg. Section, Los Angeles Dist., U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., Los Angeles, Calif.,
Otto J. Helweg, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of California, Davis, Calif.,
John C. Peters, (M.ASCE), Hydraulic Engr.; The Hydrologic Engrg. Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., Davis, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 5, Pg. 837-852

Document Type: Journal Paper


A single linear reservoir (SLR) model is presented which provides a simple means for developing runoff hydrographs for small, urban watersheds. The model only requires one parameter, K, which can be estimated from watershed and precipitation characteristics. Several methods for estimating K and the results of testing the model on various watersheds are presented.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Hydrographs | Reservoirs | Hydrologic models | Runoff | Municipal water | Urban areas | Parameters (statistics)

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