Spatio-temporal changes of hydrological processes and underlying driving forces in Guizhou region, Southwest China
2009 (English)In: Stochastic environmental research and risk assessment (Print), ISSN 1436-3240, E-ISSN 1436-3259, Vol. 23, no 8, 1071-1087 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Understanding the changes in streamflow and associated driving forces is crucial for formulating a sustainable regional water resources management strategy in the environmentally fragile karst area of the southwest China. This study investigates the spatio-temporal changes in streamflow of the Guizhou region and their linkage with meteorological influences using the Mann-Kendall trend analysis, singular-spectrum analysis (SSA), Lepage test, and flow duration curves (FDCs). The results demonstrate that: (1) the streamflow in the flood-season (June-August) during 1956-2000 increased significantly (confidence level a parts per thousand yen95%) in most catchments, closely consistent with the distinct increasing trend of annual rainfall over wet-seasons. The timings of abrupt change for streamflow in most catchments are found to occur at 1986; (2) streamflow in the Guizhou region experiences significant seasonal changes prior/posterior to 1986, and in most catchments the coefficient of variation of monthly streamflow increases; (3) spatial changes in streamflow indicate that monthly streamflow in the north-west decreases but increases in other parts; (4) the spatial high- and low-flow map (Q (5) and Q (95)) reveals an increase in the extremely large streamflow in the five eastern catchments but a decrease in the extremely low streamflow in the four eastern catchments and three western catchments during 1987-2000. An increase in streamflow, particularly extreme flows, during the flood season would increase the risk of extreme flood events, while a decrease in streamflow in the dry season is not beneficial to vegetation restoration in this ecologically fragile region.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 23, no 8, 1071-1087 p.
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120788DOI: 10.1007/s00477-008-0278-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120788DiVA: diva2:304317
Chong-Yu Xu har adress Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo på artikeln2010-03-172010-03-162010-07-07Bibliographically approved