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Definition of Recurrence interval (return period)

Recurrence interval (return period) Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The average time interval, usually in years, between the occurrence of a flood or other hydrologic event of a given magnitude or larger. The reciprocal, or inverse, of the recurrence interval is the probability (chance) of occurrence, in any year, of a flood equaling or exceeding a specified magnitude. Fore example, a flood that would be equalled or exceeded on the average of once in 100 years would have a recurrence interval of 100 years and a 0.01 probability, or 1 percent chance of occurring or being exceeded in any year.