Flow-characteristics of glacier-fed streams

TitleFlow-characteristics of glacier-fed streams
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1934
AuthorsTyler, R. G.
Conference Name2nd Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 2nd Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJune 1934
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions 15
Conference LocationBerkeley, California
KeywordsGlacier runoff, Snowmelt runoff

Quantitative data of run-off for Washington streams are tabulated to determine their capacity and usefulness. The coefficient of variation is calculated for each stream to determine the variability of the dependability. Streams fed by glaciers and snow accumulation at the higher elevations are compared with other streams having the same total precipitation in the form of rain. Glacier and snow-fed streams have a more uniform flow through the year and a smaller coefficient of variation. A higher annual run-off per square mile resulting from the greater precipitation at the higher elevations, excessive flood-flows arising from a combination of rainfall and snow-melt, and diurnal flow variations produced by temperature fluctuations at higher elevations.A discussion of the paper by F.C. Scobey is shown on page 624 (of the same proceedings publication).