Anomalous behavior of the curve-number infiltration model

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The curve-number (CN) infiltration model is widely used in translating rainfall hyetographs into runoff hydrographs. The model is anomalous in that it does not place any limit on the infiltration rate within a catchment, and therefore can be inconsistent with the infiltration characteristics of real soils. An alternative methodology is proposed that generates infiltration rates that are more consistent with conventional soil infiltration-capacity characteristics. It is shown that significant underprediction of peak runoff rates can occur as a result of using the anomalous CN infiltration model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number06019002
JournalJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Infiltration
  • Model
  • Rainfall
  • Rainfall-excess
  • Runoff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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