Runoff Curve Numbers for 10 Small Forested Watersheds in the Mountains of the Eastern United States

TitleRunoff Curve Numbers for 10 Small Forested Watersheds in the Mountains of the Eastern United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsTedela, NH, McCutcheon, SC, Rasmussen, TC, Hawkins, RH, Swank, WT, Campbell, JL, Adams, MBeth, C. Jackson, R, Tollner, EW
JournalJournal of Hydrologic Engineering
Volume17
Issue11
Pagination1188 - 1198
Date Published2012/11//
Abstract

Engineers and hydrologists use the curve number method to estimate runoff from rainfall for different land use and soil conditions; however, large uncertainties occur for estimates from forested watersheds. This investigation evaluates the accuracy and consistency of the method using rainfall-runoff series from 10 small forested-mountainous watersheds in the eastern United States, eight annual maximum series from New Hampshire, West Virginia, and North Carolina, and two partial duration series from Georgia. These series are the basis to compare tabulated curve numbers with values estimated using five methods. For nine of 10 watersheds, tabulated curve numbers do not accurately estimate runoff. One source of the large uncertainty is a consistent decrease in storm-event curve numbers with increasing rainfall. A calibrated constant curve number is suitable for only two of