Observations on unmeasured rivers

Geografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography
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An analysis of data on hydraulic parameters collected during a single boat trip down a river system is presented, plotted in form of the hydraulic geometry. A dimensionless rating curve is used to estimate bankfull and average discharge for basins of various sizes. When compared with gaging station data, estimates of bankfull discharge are as consistent and possibly equal in accuracy to estimates made from gaging station data. Estimates of average discharge are less consistent; within the range of drainage areas represented by the gaging stations, errors of estimate vary from 0 to 58 percent. Local variations of bed material size along the river are compensated mostly by changes in local channel slope and roughness and do not much affect the progressive downstream changes in width, depth, or velocity.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Observations on unmeasured rivers
Series title Geografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography
DOI 10.2307/520892
Volume 49
Issue 2
Year Published 1967
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Description 9 p.
First page 247
Last page 255
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