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- Theory behind measuring discharge
- Discharge measurement methods
- Velocity-area method
- Slope-area method
- Rating curve method
- Weirs and flumes
- Method selection criteria
- Demonstration of streamflow measurement devices.
- Gore, J. A. 1996. Chapter 3- Discharge Measurements and Streamflow Analysis. In (Hauer, F.R. and Lamberti, G.A., eds.) Methods in Stream Ecology. Academic Press, San Diego, p. 53-74.
- Here are some useful references:
- Buchanan, T. J. and Somers, W. P. 1968. Stage measurement at gaging stations. U.S. Geological Survey, Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations of the USGS, Book 3 Chapter A7.
- Buchanan, T. J. and Somers, W. P. 1969. Discharge measurement at gaging stations. U.S. Geological Survey, Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations of the USGS, Book 3 Chapter A8.
- Smoot, G. F. and Novak, C. E. 1968. Calibration and maintenance of vertical-axis type current meters. U.S. Geological Survey, Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations of the USGS, Book 8 Chapter B2.
- Fasken, G. B. 1963. Guide for selecting roughness coefficient "n" values for channels.U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service.
- Limerinos, J. T. 1969. Determination of the Manning coefficient from measured bed roughness in natural channels. United States Geological Survey Open-file report.
Related web links:
- USGS Streamflow methodology description and references
- USGS stream statistics for Massachusetts on-line calculator
Video Podcast: Discharge Measurement
This 58-minute presentation explains how to measure and estimate discharge by a variety of methods.
- 640 x 480 (480p) format that balances speed and quality. (850 MB file)
- 1920 x 1280 (HD) format that provides larges size and best quality. (5.1 GB file)