Journal article

Use of wetted perimeter in defining minimum environmental flows

CJ Gippel, MJ Stewardson

River Research and Applications | Published : 1998

Abstract

In regulated rivers, the relationship between wetted perimeter and discharge is sometimes used as an expedient technique for determining the minimum flow allowable for environmental purposes. The critical minimum discharge is supposed to correspond to the point where there is a break in the shape of the curve (usually a logarithmic or power function). Below this discharge, wetted perimeter declines rapidly. This critical point on the curve is almost universally, but incorrectly, termed an 'inflection' point, and is usually determined subjectively by eye from a graph. The appearance of a break in the shape of the curve is strongly dependent on the relative scaling of the axes of the graph. Th..

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