Discharge area

From Glossary of Meteorology

discharge area

  1. In subsurface hydrology, the area of an aquifer from which water is discharged by evapotranspiration, springs, seepage to streams, and leakage to other aquifers.

  2. In surface hydrology, the area of a stream or a pipeline perpendicular to the velocity vector used for the calculation of the rate of flow.

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