Climate and streamflow of Puerto Rico

Caribbean Journal of Science
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The presently available data on streamflow, runoff rainfall, and temperature of Puerto Rico are evaluated, although the period of record is very short, with a view to contributing to the knowledge of hydrology of tropical islands. The average annual streamflow in Puerto Rico is 45 percent of the annual rainfall, or 15 percent more than in the eastern piedmont of the U.S. where it is 30 percent. Climate is assumed to be responsible for this difference as well as for the differences of the flows of Puerto Rican streams which vary from 15 to 85 percent of the annual rainfall. Variations in the climate of Puerto Rico are shown by Thornthwaite's climatic index on a map of the island, and the variations of the streamflow to rainfall ratios of Puerto Rican streams are shown to be related to Thornthwaite's climatic index.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Climate and streamflow of Puerto Rico
Series title Caribbean Journal of Science
Volume 7
Issue 3-4
Year Published 1967
Language English
Publisher University of Puerto Rico
Contributing office(s) Caribbean Water Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 87
Last page 93
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