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Estimation of natural streamflow characteristics in western Colorado

Water-Resources Investigations Report 85-4086

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Abstract

Regression relations were determined for estimating mean annual discharge, mean monthly discharge, minimum and maximum 7-day discharge, flow duration series, and peak discharge for natural streams in western Colorado. Multiple regression analyses were used to determine the best predictive relations for each of the streamflow characteristic; separate relations were developed for each of four hydrologically distinct regions in the study area. The standard errors associated with the regression relations generally were less than 100 percent, except for the low-flow relations which had standard errors ranging from 62 to greater than 200 percent. Basin drainage area, mean annual precipitation , mean basin elevation, and mean basin slope are used in the regression relations to estimate the flow characteristics of streams in the study area. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Estimation of natural streamflow characteristics in western Colorado
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
85-4086
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1985
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey : Open-File Services Section, Western Distribution Branch, U.S. Geological Survey [distributor],
Description:
v, 28 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.