Flood characteristics of Alaskan streams

Water-Resources Investigations Report 78-129



Peak discharge data for Alaskan streams are summarized and analyzed. Multiple-regression equations relating peak discharge magnitude and frequency to climatic and physical characteristics of 260 gaged basins were determined in order to estimate average recurrence interval of floods at ungaged sites. These equations are for 1.25-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, and 50-year average recurrence intervals. In this report, Alaska was divided into two regions, one having a maritime climate with fall and winter rains and floods, the other having spring and summer floods of a variety or combinations of causes. Average standard errors of the six multiple-regression equations for these two regions were 48 and 74 percent, respectively. Maximum recorded floods at more than 400 sites throughout Alaska are tabulated. Maps showing lines of equal intensity of the principal climatic variables found to be significant (mean annual precipitation and mean minimum January temperature), and location of the 260 sites used in the multiple-regression analyses are included. Little flood data have been collected in western and arctic Alaska, and the predictive equations are therefore less reliable for those areas. (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood characteristics of Alaskan streams
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 78-129
DOI 10.3133/wri78129
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description iv, 61 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
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