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Modelling runoff and its components in Himalayan basins
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2014 (English)In: Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions, 2014, 158-164 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The hydrology of Himalayan basins is not well understood due to the complexities in the climate and geography, and the scarcity of data. The objective of this study is to quantitatively assess the contribution of various components of runoff in the Himalayan basins. To achieve this goal, the Hydrologiska Byråns Vattenbalansavdelning (HBV) model was used to simulate the runoff and its components on two Himalayan basins, the Beas River basin, India and the Wang Chhu basin, Bhutan. Four components: runoff from glacier melting, snow melting on glacier, snow melting outside glacier, and rainfall were identified by the HBV model. The simulation results show that the HBV model can give a fair estimation of the runoff of these two catchments and the effects of glaciers and snow are largely dependent on the catchment characteristics and the glaciated area. For the Wang Chhu basin, the largest contributor to runoff is rainfall, whereas melting of snow and glacier is dominant in the Beas River basin. This research will not only contribute to the improved understanding of the impacts of climate change on the hydrological response in the Himalaya area, but will also provide guidance for the development of hydropower potential and water resources assessment in these Himalayan basins.

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2014. 158-164 p.
, IAHS Publication, ISSN 0144-7815 ; 363
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240349ISI: 000357968600026ISBN: 978-1-907161-41-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240349DiVA: diva2:776328
7th World FRIEND-Water Conference on Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions, 7-10 October, 2014, Montpellier, France
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-08-31Bibliographically approved

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