The Application of Streamflow Duration Curves in Water Resources Engineering

by Richard M. Vogel, (M.ASCE), Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,
Neil M. Fennessey, (A.M.ASCE), Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Streamflow duration curves are a useful graphical and analytical tool for illustrating the relationship between the frequency and magnitude of daily streamflow. They are commonly used to solve a wide range of standard problems including hydropower, irrigation, water quality, instream flow, water supply, river and reservoir sedimentation. This study provides a brief review of some old and some new applications.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Streamflow | Curvature | Water quality | Water supply | Graphic methods | Hydro power | Irrigation water

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