WRC Standard Flood Frequency Guidelines

by Donald R. Jackson, (M.ASCE), Staff Hydro.; Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, Pa. 17102,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 211-224

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Water Resources Council has issued a set of guidelines for determining flood frequency at gaged locations. The need for such guidelines is examined. Application of these guidelines in the Susquehanna River basin has shown the following problem areas: regional skew coefficient map, detection and treatment of outliers, weighting of station and regional estimates, and a lack of specific recommendations regarding the expected probability adjustment. Some possible changes to the guidelines in order to solve these problems are considered.

Subject Headings: Flood frequency | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Basins | Skewness | Mapping | Probability

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