Watershed slope lower bounds for hydrologic methods

Theodore G. Cleveland, Xing Fang, Ming Han Li, David B. Thompson, William H. Asquith

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Abstract

Engineers design a substantial fraction portion of infrastructure that accommodates storm water drainage and conveyance. Estimation models of the response for a watershed typically contain some form of watershed slope as a principal parameter, and the response is usually inversely proportional to that slope. Therefore, as topographic slope decreases, the watershed timing parameter increases. The consequences at low enough slope, is that the timing parameters approach infinite time and the precipitation intensity that is associated with a long averaging time is so small as to be meaningless - yet low slope environments exist, are populated, and precipitation does generate runoff.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012
Subtitle of host publicationCrossing Boundaries, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress
Pages603-618
Number of pages16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: May 20 2012May 24 2012

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress

Conference

ConferenceWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque, NM
Period05/20/1205/24/12

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