Summary of Floods and Droughts in the United States

by Marshall E. Jennings, US Geological Survey, United States,
Richard W. Paulson, US Geological Survey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


This paper describes a current national analysis of streamflow data being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey to identify and map, in a consistent State-by-State format, the frequency and areal distribution of major floods and droughts in the United States. The work is being performed as the latest in a series of National Water Summaries published as Geological Survey Water-Supply Papers. The flood-and-drought analysis is part of a nationwide Geological Survey program to assess the Nation's water resources.

Subject Headings: Geology | Geological surveys | Floods | Droughts | Hydrographic surveys | Flood frequency | Frequency distribution | Frequency analysis | United States

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