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The U.S. Geological Survey Peak-Flow File Data Verification Project, 2008–16


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Ryberg, K.R., Goree, B.B., Williams-Sether, Tara, and Mason, R.R., Jr., 2017, The U.S. Geological Survey Peak-Flow File Data Verification Project, 2008–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5119, 61 p.,


Annual peak streamflow (peak flow) at a streamgage is defined as the maximum instantaneous flow in a water year. A water year begins on October 1 and continues through September 30 of the following year; for example, water year 2015 extends from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. The accuracy, characterization, and completeness of the peak streamflow data are critical in determining flood-frequency estimates that are used daily to design water and transportation infrastructure, delineate flood-plain boundaries, and regulate development and utilization of lands throughout the United States and are essential to understanding the implications of climate and land-use change on flooding and high-flow conditions.As of November [...]


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doi doi:10.3133/sir20175119
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journalScientific Investigations Report
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tableOfContents<ul><li>Abstract<br></li><li>Introduction<br></li><li>Data Representing Peak-Flow File Changes<br></li><li>Types of Errors in the Peak-Flow File<br></li><li>Checks Done on Peak-Flow Values<br></li><li>Checks Done on Gage-Height Values<br></li><li>Peak-Flow File Qualification Codes<br></li><li>Limitations of Peak-Flow File Checks<br></li><li>Comparison Methods<br></li><li>Results of 2008 to 2016 Comparison<br></li><li>Summary<br></li><li>Acknowledgments<br></li><li>References Cited<br></li><li>Appendix 1. U.S. Geological Survey Surface Water Branch Technical Memorandum 69.11—Storage and Retrieval System for Annual Peak Discharges<br></li><li>Appendix 2. Code that Produced the Results<br></li><li>Reference Cited</li></ul><p><br data-mce-bogus="1"></p><p><br data-mce-bogus="1"></p>

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