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Title: A review of the synthetic unit hydrograph: From the empirical UH to advanced geomorphological methods [Revue de l'hydrogramme unitaire synthétique: Des HU empiriques aux méthodes géomorphologiques avancées]
Authors: Singh P.K.
Mishra, Surendra Kumar.
Jain, Manoj Kumar
Published in: Hydrological Sciences Journal
Abstract: This review paper critically examines one of the most popular flood hydrograph modelling techniques for ungauged basins, the synthetic unit hydrograph (SUH), and its recent developments and advances. For this purpose, the SUH models were first grouped into four main classes, as follows: (a) traditional or empirical models; (b) conceptual models; (c) probabilistic models; and (d) geomorphological models. It was found that the geomorphological class is the most useful and interesting, since it is able to employ topographic information, so limiting the role of the calibration parameters. This review is expected to be helpful to hydrologists, water managers and decision-makers searching for models to study the flood hydrograph, modelling techniques and related processes in ungauged basins. It was completed as the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Decade (2003-2012) on predictions in ungauged basins (PUB), drew to a close. © 2014 © 2014 IAHS Press.
Citation: Hydrological Sciences Journal, 59(2): 239-261
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Keywords: distribution function
flood hydrograph
Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)
ungauged catchments
ISSN: 2626667
Author Scopus IDs: 57208371734
Author Affiliations: Singh, P.K., Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Polytechnic in Agricultural Engineering, Anand Agricultural University, Dahod 389151, Gujarat, India
Mishra, S.K., Deparment of Water Resources Development and Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India
Jain, M.K., Deparment of Hydrology, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India
Corresponding Author: Singh, P. K.; Department of Soil and Water Engineering, , Dahod 389151, Gujarat, India; email:
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