Morphometric evaluation of Ranikhola watershed in Sikkim, India using geospatial technique

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Published Jul 26, 2022
Nirmalya Kumar Nath
Abhishek Agrawal Vinay Kumar Gautam
Abhinav Kumar
Pritam Das

Abstract

Morphological parameters are linked with the hydrological behaviour of the watershed. It helps to understand different basin characteristics. Characterization of quantitative morphology and river basin analysis is the way to implement proper river basin planning and management of soil and water conservation measures. In the present study, Cartosat-1 Digital Elevation Model (DEM) was used in Geographic Information System (GIS) environment to determine the morphometric parameters (stream length, stream order, stream frequency, bifurcation ratio, form factor, drainage density, circulatory ratio, etc.) of the Ranikhola watershed of Sikkim state, India. The slope of a major portion of the watershed area was found to be less than 30% (42 km2) and has a drainage density of 0.585 km-1. The lower value of drainage density in the watershed indicates a relatively lower streams frequency over the watershed. The elongation ratio, form factor, and circulatory ratio were estimated as 0.665, 0.347, and 0.510, respectively, which indicate that the watershed is elongated in shape, having gentle slopes and long flow paths. The relief ratio for the watershed was estimated to be 0.187, which indicates the watershed has a low elevation difference, low runoff, and high groundwater potential. This kind of morphometric analysis is required for the watershed characterization and helps to understand the hydrogeological behavior of the watershed.

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Nath, N. K., Agrawal, A., Gautam, V. K., Kumar, A., & Das, P. (2022). Morphometric evaluation of Ranikhola watershed in Sikkim, India using geospatial technique. Environment Conservation Journal. https://doi.org/10.36953/ECJ.10672257

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Cartosat-1, Digital Elevation Model (DEM), GIS, Morphology, Watershed

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