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Spatial assessment of hydrologic alteration across the Pearl River Delta, China, and possible underlying causes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2009 (English)In: Hydrological Processes, ISSN 0885-6087, E-ISSN 1099-1085, Vol. 23, no 11, 1565-1574 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The alterations of the water level across the Pearl River Delta (PRD) were investigated Using a ‘range of variability approach’ (RVA) based on monthly water level datasets extracted from 17 gauging stations. A mapping method was used to illustrate the spatial patterns in the degrees of alteration of water levels. The results indicated that more stations showing moderate and high alterations in monthly mean maximum and minimum water levels when compared with monthly maximum and minimum water levels. River channels characterized by higher alterations of water levels were observed mainly in the regions north of 22 degrees 30’N. Alterations of water levels across the PRD were a consequence of various influencing factors. However, changed hypsography due to extensive and intensive human activities, particularly the large-scale dredging and excavation of the river sand, may be taken as one of the major causes for the substantial hydrologic alteration. This Study indicated that the river channels characterized by altered water levels are mostly those characterized by highly and moderately intensive sand dredging. The changed ratio of the streamflow between Makou and Sanshui stations, the major upstream flow control stations, also influenced the water level alterations of the Pearl River delta. The results of this study will be of great significance in water resources management and better human mitigation of the natural hazards due to the altered Water level under the changing environment. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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2009. Vol. 23, no 11, 1565-1574 p.
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120797DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120797DiVA: diva2:304331
Chongyu 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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