Paleoflood evidence for a natural upper bound to flood magnitudes in the Colorado River basin

Y. Enzel, L. L. Ely, P. K. House, Victor Baker, R. H. Webb

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Abstract

Paleoflood data identify the maximum flood discharges that have occurred on individual rivers over the last several hundred to several thousand years. Even with this increase in the observational period, the largest paleoflood discharges do not exceed the upper bound of maximum peak discharges delineated by the envelope curve derived from the available gaged and historical records. This result accords with the hypothesis of an upper physical limit for flood magnitudes and suggests that, for the Colorado River basin, the upper limit can be approximated by existing systematic and historical data for large floods. Similar relationships also hold when paleofloods and gaged records are presented for the subregion of southern Arizona. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2287-2297
Number of pages11
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Paleoflood evidence for a natural upper bound to flood magnitudes in the Colorado River basin. / Enzel, Y.; Ely, L. L.; House, P. K.; Baker, Victor; Webb, R. H.

In: Water Resources Research, Vol. 29, No. 7, 1993, p. 2287-2297.

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Enzel, Y. ; Ely, L. L. ; House, P. K. ; Baker, Victor ; Webb, R. H. / Paleoflood evidence for a natural upper bound to flood magnitudes in the Colorado River basin. In: Water Resources Research. 1993 ; Vol. 29, No. 7. pp. 2287-2297.
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