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A spatial assessment of hydrologic alteration caused by dam construction in the middle and lower Yellow River, China
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2008 (English)In: Hydrological Processes, ISSN 0885-6087, E-ISSN 1099-1085, Vol. 22, no 18, 3829-3843 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The ‘range of variability approach’ (RVA) and mapping technique are used to investigate the spatial variability of hydrologic alterations (HA) due to dam construction along the middle and lower Yellow River, China, over the past live decades. The impacts of climate variability oil hydrological process have been removed during wet and dry periods and the focus IS Oil the impacts of human activities, Such as dam construction, on hydrological processes. Results indicate the following: (1) The impacts of the Sanmenxia reservoir oil the hydrologic alteration are relatively slight with a mean HA value of 0.48, ranking in the last place among the four large reservoirs. (2) Xiaolangdi reservoir has significantly changed the natural flow regime downstream with mean HA value of 0.56, ranking it in first place among the large reservoirs. (3) The results of ranked median degrees of 33 hydrologic alteration indicators for 10 stations in the Yellow River show that the hydrologic alteration of Huayuankou ranks the highest among 10 stream gauges. (4) Impacts of reservoirs on hydrological processes downstream of the dams are closely associated with the regulating activities of the reservoirs. At the same time, alterations of streamflow regimes resulting from climatic changes (e.g. precipitation variability) make the situation more complicated and more hydrological observations will be necessary for further analysis. The results of the current study will be greatly beneficial to the regional water resources management and restoration of eco-environmental systems in the middle and lower Yellow River characterized by intensified dam construction under a changing environment. Copyright (C) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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2008. Vol. 22, no 18, 3829-3843 p.
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120807DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120807DiVA: diva2:304321
Chong-Yu Xu har adress Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo på artikelnAvailable from: 2010-03-17 Created: 2010-03-16 Last updated: 2010-07-07Bibliographically approved

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