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Bertram S. Barnes (d. 1975) was a hydrologist for the federal government and in the private sector during the twentieth century. He worked on water resources projects throughout the Midwestern and Western United States. Barnes joined the U.S. Weather Bureau during the 1930s and held a number of posts with this agency, including Supervisor of Hydrologic Work in Davenport, Iowa (1930s), Hydrologic Supervisor of the Upper Mississippi Region in Iowa City, Iowa (1930s), Regional Engineer in Los Angeles, California (1940s), and hydrologist at the agency's San Francisco, California office (early 1950s). Barnes joined the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation during the early 1950s and worked for the agency's Denver, Colorado office. He later moved to the private sector and worked for International Engineering Company (late 1950s), Kaiser Industries Corporation (1960s), and Caseco Consultants Limited (1960s)

Hydrological Achievements[edit]

Bertram Barnes is best known for his work on recession curves and, in particular, the approach of interpreting different segments of the recession curve in terms of hydrological responses.


Reference Material[edit]

Selected Publications[edit]

Barnes, B.S., 1939. The structure of discharge‐recession curves. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 20(4), pp.721-725.


Barnes papers are in the US Western Archives, see