StreamStats is implemented for a pilot area in northwestern New Mexico. The implemented area is indicated by an aqua-colored boundary on the map in the user interface. This application implements regression equations for estimating instantaneous peak flows with probabilities of occurring in any given year of 50, 20, 10, 4, 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.2 percent. These statistics also are referred to as the 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, and 500-year floods. The equations in New Mexico StreamStats are documented in the report:
- Waltemeyer, S.D., 2008, Analysis of the magnitude and frequency of peak discharge and maximum observed peak discharge in New Mexico and surrounding areas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5119, 105 p.
In addition to presentation of the equations, the report also describes the errors associated with the estimates obtained from the equations, the methods used to develop the equations, and the methods used to compute the basin characteristics included as explanatory variables in the equations. StreamStats users should familiarize themselves with the report before attempting to obtain estimates of streamflow statistics for ungaged sites. Application of the equations to ungaged sites assumes that flows at the sites occur under natural conditions. The equations in the above report supersede previous equations that were published in 1985 and 2000 by the U.S. Geological Survey.
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