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Hydrological Characterization of Watersheds in the Blue Nile Basin : Volume 7, Issue 4 (02/07/2010)

By Gebrehiwot, S. G.

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Title: Hydrological Characterization of Watersheds in the Blue Nile Basin : Volume 7, Issue 4 (02/07/2010)  
Author: Gebrehiwot, S. G.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 4
Language: English
Subject: Science, Hydrology, Earth
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Ilstedt, U., Gärdenas, A. I., Bishop, K., & Gebrehiwot, S. G. (2010). Hydrological Characterization of Watersheds in the Blue Nile Basin : Volume 7, Issue 4 (02/07/2010). Retrieved from

Description: Departmen of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7050, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden. We made a hydrological characterization of 32 watersheds (31–4350 km2) in the Blue Nile Basin, using data from a study of water and land resources in the Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia published in 1964 by the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). The USBR document contains data on flow, climate, topography, geology, soil type, and land use for the period from 1959 to 1963. The aim of the study was to identify which combination of watershed variables best explain the variation in the hydrological regime, with special focus to low flow and, what kind of land use low flow might benefit from. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Partial Least Square (PLS) were used to analyze the relationship between hydrologic variables (total flow, maximum flow, minimum flow, runoff coefficient, and low flow index) and 30 potential watershed variables. We found that three groups of watershed variables – climate and topography, geology and soil, and land use had almost equal influence on the variation in the hydrologic variables (R2 values ranging from 0.3 to 0.5). The individual variables which were selected based on statistical significance from all groups of explanatory variables were better in explaining the variation. Low flow was positively correlated most strongly to wetland, wood land, rainfall, luvisols, and alluvial soils. Low flow was negatively correlated to grazing land, bush land, tuffs/basalts, eutric-vertisols and riverine forest. We concluded that low flow benefits from the land use types that preserve soil quality and water storage, such as wetland, savannah and woodland, while it was lower in land use resulting in soil degradation. Therefore it provides support to the theory that some land use such as grassland, can promote higher low flow

Hydrological characterization of watersheds in the Blue Nile Basin

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