A model of flood wave speed—Discharge characteristics of rivers

Tony H F Wong, Eric M. Laurenson

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Recent wave speed‐discharge investigations carded out on six Australian river reaches show consistent variations of wave speed with discharge and provide new knowledge in this area with applications in both flood routing and runoff routing. A model developed to define the wave speed‐discharge relation is described. The model is based on concepts of the physical factors affecting the wave speed‐discharge haracteristics of natural channels. It provides for overbank discharge as well as main channel flow. The applicability of the model is demonstrated using data from the six reaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1883-1890
Number of pages8
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984

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