Paleoflood hydrology and design decision for high-risk projects

Victor R. Baker, Lisa L. Ely, Jim E. O'Connor

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Abstract

Paleoflood hydrology is not merely one of several alternative methods for risk-based design. Rather, certain kinds of accurate data on the largest paleofloods of recent millennia provide the independent means for testing either (a) flood-frequency analysis of conventional data, or (b) model-based flood parameters like the probable maximum flood. Unless it can be rationalized that such testing is unnecessary, then present flood design practice in the U.S. is subject to the accusation that it largely ignores a critical source of real-world information on precisely that phenomenon which it purports to wisely control: rare, high-hazard flooding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference
EditorsHoward H. Chang, Joseph C. Hill
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Pages433-438
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0872627748
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
EventHydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 30 1990Aug 3 1990

Publication series

NameHydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference

Other

OtherHydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period7/30/908/3/90

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Baker, V. R., Ely, L. L., & O'Connor, J. E. (1990). Paleoflood hydrology and design decision for high-risk projects. In H. H. Chang, & J. C. Hill (Eds.), Hydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference (pp. 433-438). (Hydraulic Engineering - Proceedings of the 1990 National Conference). Publ by ASCE.