- Types of floods (and examples)
- Instantaneous flood releases
- Channel overspilling floods
- Tributary convergence floods
- Rain-on-snow floods
- Rainflal-ponding floods
- Cloudburst flash floods
- Sheetwash floods
- Water table floods
- Urban stormwater drain floods
- Tools for analyzing natural flow regimes
- Flow magnitude tools
- Flow frequency tools
- Flow duration tools
- Flow timing/predictability tools
- Flow flashiness tools
- Poff, N. L., Allan, J. D., Bain, M. B., Karr, J. R., Prestegaard, K. L., Richter, B. D., Sparks, R. E., and Stromberg, J. C. 1997. The natural flow regime. Bioscience 47:11:769-784. (download in .pdf format by clicking here.)
- Watch the USA Today "Rain on Snow" movie
View these images of the flooded amazon floodplain showing limited contribution of overbank flow to floodplain flooding.
Related web links:
- California floods
- USA Today Hydrology home page- has excellent movies and explanations of flood processes.
- Darmouth flood observatory- keeps track of global flood conditions.
- Grand Canyon flood experiment
- North Dakota flood of '97
- National Weather Service Hydrologic Information Center
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
Video Podcast: Flood Hydrology, part 1
This 30-minute presentation describes and illustrates different kinds of floods that can occur.
- 640 x 480 (480p) format that balances speed and quality. (447 MB file)
- 1920 x 1280 (HD) format that provides larges size and best quality. (2.65 GB file)
Video Podcast: Flood Hydrology, part 2
This 27-minute presentation introduces the concept of the natural flow regime, defines its elements, and then gives specific examples of analyses that can be done to characterize it given a flow record.
- 640 x 480 (480p) format that balances speed and quality. (363 MB file)
- 1920 x 1280 (HD) format that provides larges size and best quality. (2.0 GB file)