oa East African Geographical Review - Maximum daily point rainfall in Uganda: a sample survey

Volume 1971, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



In many hydraulic and hydrological problems as well as in the design criteria for certain engineering structures, for example, dams, culverts and storm drainage systems, the prediction of maximum precipitation amounts occurring over short periods of time in a given number of years is of fundamental importance. With certain structures a very high safety factor is necessary and predictions of the maximum precipitation or maximum flood of short duration are based on the physical upper limits of precipitation producing agents, which vary from region to region. Studies based on the maximum limits of concentrated storm rainfall estimate ""Probable Maximum Precipitation"" (PMP) by storm maximization techniques. Such studies have been undertaken for East Africa by Sansom (1953) and Lumb (1970).

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