I am wondering if there are better methods for determining the mean watershed slope, other than taking the mean of the slope values contained within the watershed?
For example, could or should one take the main channel slope as the watershed slope? Or the average of all identified channel slopes as the watershed slope?
I am looking to categorize several watersheds using, among other things (i.e. basin compactness, etc.), mean watershed slope.
Edit: I am assuming an estimate of watershed slope can act as a predictor for streamflow characteristics. I do not want to actually estimate the streamflow, but group similar basins based on several attributes that might be used to predict streamflow.