Report of the Committee on Runoff, 1948–1949

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



Because of the widely scattered locations of the membership, no assembled meeting of the Committee was held during the year, all discussions being held by correspondence. Consideration was given to three subjects during the year: (1) standardization of terminology as related to runoff (continued from previous year), (2) deficiencies in hydrologic research, and (3) current programs of hydrologic research.

With respect to terminology, the wide divergence of opinion among committee members with respect to the definition of terms fairly common in hydrologic literature emphasizes the need for more uniformity. Various authors use the same terms to describe slightly different runoff phenomena. The Committee, while unable to agree at this date on recommended definitions, urges writers to restrict their terminology so far as practicable to that previously used. Nothing is gained by inventing a new name for a phenomenon which has already been satisfactorily named by a previous writer. On the other hand, precise definitions are necessary to proper understanding, and loose usage of runoff terms only destroys their usefulness. Where any question as to the intended definition exists, it is preferable for the author to present his definition until better agreement as to the accepted definition has been reached.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Report of the Committee on Runoff, 1948–1949
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR030i006p00911
Volume 30
Issue 6
Year Published 1949
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 5 p.
First page 911
Last page 915
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