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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 379763, 15 pages
Research Article

Runoff Potentiality of a Watershed through SCS and Functional Data Analysis Technique

1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Institute of Environmental and Water Resource Management (IPASA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
3Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, USA

Received 9 April 2014; Revised 27 June 2014; Accepted 12 July 2014; Published 24 July 2014

Academic Editor: João Corte-Real

Copyright © 2014 M. I. Adham et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Runoff potentiality of a watershed was assessed based on identifying curve number (CN), soil conservation service (SCS), and functional data analysis (FDA) techniques. Daily discrete rainfall data were collected from weather stations in the study area and analyzed through lowess method for smoothing curve. As runoff data represents a periodic pattern in each watershed, Fourier series was introduced to fit the smooth curve of eight watersheds. Seven terms of Fourier series were introduced for the watersheds 5 and 8, while 8 terms of Fourier series were used for the rest of the watersheds for the best fit of data. Bootstrapping smooth curve analysis reveals that watersheds 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 are with monthly mean runoffs of 29, 24, 22, 23, 26, and 27 mm, respectively, and these watersheds would likely contribute to surface runoff in the study area. The purpose of this study was to transform runoff data into a smooth curve for representing the surface runoff pattern and mean runoff of each watershed through statistical method. This study provides information of runoff potentiality of each watershed and also provides input data for hydrological modeling.