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Flood Frequency Analysis

1st Edition

Edited by Khaled Hamed, A. Ramachandro. Rao

CRC Press

376 pages

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Description

After five decades, the field of Statistical Hydrology continues to evolve and remains a very active area of investigation. Researchers continue to examine various distributions, methods of estimation of parameters, and problems related to regionalization. However, much of this research appears in journals and reports and usually in a form not easily accessible to practitioners and students-producing a gap between research and practice.

Flood Frequency Analysis fills this gap by presenting many of these distributions and estimation procedures in a unified format within a single, self-contained book. Focusing on distribution families popular within the hydrologic community, the authors discuss three parameter estimation methods for each distribution: the method of moments, the maximum likelihood method, and the method of probability weighted moments. They present the details behind the procedures to provide the basis for the computations, and they illustrate each procedure with real data. Most of the computations discussed have been programmed for use with personal computers, and executable versions of these programs are available on CD-ROM from the senior author.

Only increased use of new methods and distributions can produce a consensus on their validity. With other books on the subject either limited in scope or seriously outdated, Flood Frequency Analysis provides the ideal vehicle for practicing hydrologists and engineers to explore and apply the latest methods and research results, and in doing so, contribute to the advancement of the field.

Reviews

"Flood Frequency Analysis contains information from authentic highly regarded reference resources. A substantial number of tables related to flood frequency analysis are included and will enable the student to understand the data required for adequate analysis. Also presented is a good selection of figures illustrating solutions to flood frequency problems … It is a state-of-the-art presentation and is important as a source of graduate reference material."

-Philip E. LaMoreaux, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Geology, November 2001

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Hydrologic Frequency Analysis

General Aspects and Approaches

Other Models

Return Period, Probability, and Plotting Positions

Flood Frequency Models

Hydrologic Risk

Regionalization

Tests on Hydrologic Data

SELECTION AND EVALUATION OF PARENT DISTRIBUTION: CONVENTIONAL MOMENTS

Moments of Distributions and Their Sample Estimates

Moment Ratio Diagrams (MRDs)

Probability Plots

Selection of Distributions

Regional Homogeneity and Regionalization

SELECTION AND EVALUATION OF PARENT DISTRIBUTIONS: PROBABILITY WEIGHTED MOMENTS AND L-MOMENTS

Moments of Distributions and Their Sample Estimates

L-Moment Ratio Diagrams

Goodness of Fit Tests

A Case Study

PARAMETER AND QUANTILE ESTIMATION

Introduction

Parameter Estimation

Quantile Estimation

Confidence Intervals

NORMAL AND RELATED DISTRIBUTIONS

Normal Distribution

Two-Parameter Lognormal (LN(2)) Distribution

Three-Parameter Lognormal (LM(3)) Distribution

GAMMA FAMILY

Exponential Distribution

Two-Parameter Gamma (G(2)) Distribution

Pearson (2) Distribution

Log-Pearson (3) Distribution

U.S. Water Resources Council Method (WRCM)

EXTREME VALUE DISTRIBUTIONS

Generalized Extreme Value (GEV) Distribution

The Extreme Value Type (EV(1) Distribution

Weibul Distribution

WAKEBY FAMILY

The 5-Parameter Wakeby Distribution (WAK(5))

The 4-Parameter Wakeby Distribution (WAK(4))

The Generalized Pareto Distribution

LOGISTIC DISTRIBUTIONS

Logistic Distribution

Generalized Logistic Distribution

COMPUTER PROGRAM

Introduction

Description of Program

REFERENCES

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM059000
COMPUTERS / Computer Engineering
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General