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Historic-flood evaluation and research needs in mountainous areas

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Abstract

An evaluation of historic flood estimates in mountainous areas in Colorado was made to assess their accuracy. The purpose of this evaluation is to enhance awareness of the need to assess the accuracy of historic flood peaks, particularly floods of record, because they are such a critical factor in flood-plain management, design of hydraulic structures in flood plains, and related environmental studies. Research needs based on a proposed river-system-process approach are suggested. A critical need exists for interdisciplinary documentation of extreme-flood processes, particularly to improve methods to directly measure extreme floods and quantify total energy losses. Such research will benefit the public through improved engineering designs and environmental investigations.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Historic-flood evaluation and research needs in mountainous areas
ISBN:
0784400377
Issue:
pt 2
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
First page:
875
Last page:
879
Number of Pages:
5
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the 1994 ASCE National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
Conference Location:
Buffalo, NY, USA
Conference Date:
1 August 1994 through 5 August 1994