Improved Prediction of Storm Runoff in Mountain Watersheds

by Richard H. Hawkins, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Forest Sci., Utah State Univ., Logan, UT 84322,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 519-523

Document Type: Journal Paper


Estimates of storm runoff volume are used as a point of departure in the prediction of storm flow peaks. This task is a frequent endeavor in hydrologic engineering and watershed management. A standardized procedure for the estimation of storm runoff volume as a function of storm volume and land condition has been established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has been in wide use for about 20 yr. The purpose of this paper is to critically examine that procedure, and to suggest a modification of it which should make it more realistic, at least under some conditions.

Subject Headings: Storms | Runoff | Mountains | Watersheds | Agriculture | Critical flow

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