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 Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Observations on unmeasured rivers|
|Series title||Geografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography|