Hydrology & Irrigation : Flood estimation and routing and Reservoir and Channel Routing Study Notes

By Deepanshu Rastogi|Updated : November 11th, 2021

Complete coverage of syllabus is very important aspect for any competitive examination but before that important subject and their concept must be covered thoroughly. In this article we are going to discuss the fundamental of Flood estimation and routing and Reservoir and Channel Routing which is very useful for SSC JE and Other AE-JE Exams.   

Flood-Peak Estimation

A flood is an unusual high stage in a river, normally the level at which the river overflows its banks and inundates the adjoining area. The design of bridges, culvert waterways and spillways for dams and estimation of the score at a hydraulic structure are some examples wherein flood-peak values are required. To estimate the magnitude of a flood peak the following alternative methods are available:

  1. Rational method
  2. Empirical method
  3. unit-hydrograph technique
  4. Flood- frequency studies

1. Rational Method

The most realistic way to use the Rational Method is to consider it as a statistical link between the frequency distribution of rainfall and runoff. As such, it provides a means of estimating the design flood of a certain return period, with the rainfall duration equal to the time of concentration

If tp ≥ tc



Qp = Peak discharge in m3/sec

PC = Critical design rainfall in cm/hr

A = Area catchment in hectares

K = Coefficient of runoff.

tD = Duration of rainfall

tC = Time of concentration

2. Empirical Formulae

(a) Dickens Formula (1865)



Qp = Flood peak discharge in m3/sec

A = Catchment area in km2.

CD = Dickens constant, 6 ≤ CD ≤ 30.

(b) Ryes formula (1884)



CH = Ryes constant

= 8.8 for the constant area within 80 km from the cost.

= 8.5 if the distance of area is 80 km to 160 km from the cost.

= 10.2 if area is Hilley and away from the cost.

(c) Inglis Formula (1930)


Where, A = Catchment area in Km2.

QP = Peak discharge in m3/sec.

Flood Frequency Studies

(i) Recurrence interval or return Period:

image005 where, P = Probability of occurrence

(ii) Probability if non-occurrence: q = 1-P

(iii) Probability of an event occurring r times in ‘n’ successive years: = nCx px qn-r


(iv) Reliability: (probability of non-occurrence /Assurance) = qn

(v) Risk = 1-qn

             = 1-(1-P)n

(vi) Safety Factor = 


(vii) Safety Margin = Design value of the hydrological parameter – Estimated value of the hydrological parameter

Gumbel’s Method

Gumbel defined a flood as the largest of the 365 daily flows and the annual series of flood flows constitute a series of largest values of flows.

Based on the probability distribution.



Where, XT = Peak value of hydrologic data

K = Frequency factor


yT = Reduced variate


T = Recurrence interval in year

yn = Reduced mean = 0.577

Sn = Reduced standard deviation.

Sn = 1.2825 for N → ∞


Confidence Limit


For a confidence probability c, the confidence interval of the variate xT is bounded by value x1 and x2 given by


Where, f(c) is a function of confidence probability ‘C’.


Se = Probability error

Where, N = Sample size

B = factor

σ = Standard deviation


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