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Research article
23 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 23 Apr 2020

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins

Elena Ridolfi, Hemendra Kumar, and András Bárdossy

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The paper presents a new, simple and model-free methodology to estimate the streamflow at partially gauged basins, given the precipitation gauged at another basin. We show that the FDC is not a characteristic of the basin only, but of both the basin and the weather. Because of the dependence on the climate, discharge data at the target site are here retrieved using the Antecedent Precipitation Index (API) of the donor site as it represents in a streamflow-like way the precipitation of the basin.