Stormflow and baseflow are non-process related terms to signify high amplitude low frequency flow in a river during and immediately after a precipitation event and low amplitude high frequency flow in a river during dry or fair weather periods. Baseflow is not a measure of the volume of groundwater discharged into a river or wetland, but it is recognised that groundwater makes a contribution to the baseflow component of river flow. The term groundwater contribution to baseflow should be used.
Why is baseflow important?
Baseflow is an important component of the hydrological cycle.