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User's guide for U.S. Geological Survey rainfall-runoff models; revised 1977

Open-File Report 77-884

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Abstract

Modified versions of the rainfall-runoff model described by Dawdy, Lichty, and Bergmann (1972) (see W72-11754) are used in the U.S. Geological Survey as a means of synthesizing flood discharges for small drainage areas. Synthesized flood discharges derived through use of long-term (60-70 year) rainfall and evaporation data, provide a more representative time base than do short-term (5-15 year) discharge records obtained by conventional stream gaging techniques. The rainfall, discharge, and evaporation data for use with rainfall-runoff models are stored in the Unit and Daily Values Files. Any of these data which were collected during the current or immediately preceding water year are stored on direct access, online disk files. Older data are stored in sequential files on magnetic tapes. Both the disks and tapes contain short-term data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey for calibration of models and long-term data for use in synthesis of long-term flood records. Information in this report provides guidelines for the assembly, storage, and retrieval of data needed to use these models, and also provides description and documentation of computer programs for model calibration and flood-record synthesis. (See also W74-11234) (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
User's guide for U.S. Geological Survey rainfall-runoff models; revised 1977
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
77-884
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1977
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
viii, 341 p. in various pagings :ill. ;28 cm. --