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  • Urban water consumption in water-stressed areas of the developed world: An examination of multiple interrelated variables   Order a copy of this article
    by Alvaro-Francisco Morote, María Hernández, Saeid Eslamian 
    Abstract: The developed world has witnessed significant land changes since the second half of the twentieth century. These include a process of intensive urban development, which is also accompanied by the growth in the urban population and housing. One of the outcomes of this process has been an increase in the consumption of resources, including water. The aim of this paper is to identify and analyse the factors affecting water consumption and the areas studied in water-stressed regions of the developed world. A literature review of territorial studies examining the factors that affect urban water consumption in these areas was conducted methodologically. The results reveal that: a) a significant number of papers have been written on water consumption factors in areas where there is substantial urban growth; and b) North America and Australia, have been compared to the rest of the developed world (especially Southern Europe), recently (since 2000s) due to the expansion of the low-density urbanism in the last few years.
    Keywords: water; urban; factors; consumption; water-stressed areas; developed world.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2018.10007714
  • Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Precipitation Patterns over Iran (An Arid/Semi-Arid Climate)   Order a copy of this article
    by Jaber Rahimi, Ali Khalili 
    Abstract: In this study, two objectives were paramount. One is to assess the spatio-temporal patterns of precipitation in Iran and the other is to investigate the projected changes in these patterns for the period 20712100 as compared to 19652010. These were achieved by using monthly precipitation data from 256 rain gauge stations and the outputs of the HadCM3 global circulation model (under the A2 and B2 scenarios). The statistical (Delta Method) and dynamical (PRECIS) downscaling techniques were compared in terms of their results for projecting annual isohyets, annual march of monthly precipitation and the precipitation homogeneity. The results showed that, by HadCM3_Delta Method_A2, HadCM3_Delta Method_B2, HadCM3_PRECIS_A2 and HadCM3_PRECIS_B2 projections, the annual mean precipitation over the country (which is already 254 mm) would be 208.6, 187.1, 174.1 and 175.0 mm, respectively. Also, the corresponding values for the average of precipitation homogeneity index would change from 57% in the current conditions to 53, 54, 59 and 61 % in climate change conditions, respectively. Although temporal and spatial monthly precipitation was envisaged, there was no impressive impact of climate change on precipitation pattern, but it's effect on time of maximum precipitation was subtle.
    Keywords: Intra-Annual Precipitation Regimes; Climate Change; Downscaling; Iran.

  • Reducing Water Shortage Crisis Through Rainwater Reuse: Lessons Learned from Ancient Toward Integrated Technology   Order a copy of this article
    by Saeid Okhravi, Saeid Eslamian, Nicolas R. Dalezios 
    Abstract: The quantity of freshwater available per person in the world has been proceeded to decrease due to a combination of factors, including population increase, water pollution, inadequate planning and management of transboundary water, and inefficient operation of water supply and distribution systems. There is a direct water source to cease increasing potential for water scarcity, crisis and associated conflicts around the world in the future called rainwater harvesting that is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption of treated water. Rainwater harvesting is included as an innovative site design strategy to minimize runoff based on LID practices. The present study on literature attempts to offer a comprehensive account of the above issues and also some important guidelines for advancing research in this direction. Assessments of past, present and future statuses of the worlds water are reviewed.
    Keywords: Climate change; LID; Rainwater harvesting; Stormwater management; Water crisis.

  • Recent Approach in Producing Transparent Conductive Films (TCFs)   Order a copy of this article
    by Siavash Hosseinpour Chermahini, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari 
    Abstract: Transparent conductive films (TCFs) are well known for their use in improving the efficiency of solar cell devices. The properties of transparent conductive materials are highly important due to their specifications and their influence on the performance of various devices. On the other hands, waste disposal is creating a global crisis which threaten the well-being of humans. Cheap electronic is one of the urgent current environmental problem. To this regards, different types of transparent conductive films have emerged, but indium tin oxide (ITO) and fluorine tin oxide (FTO) have been used in TCF sheets due to their optical transparency and electrical conductivity. However, some weaknesses, such a slow quality in the infrared region, the high cost of the elements, and their activity at low temperatures without the flexibility of transparency, have led to the search for a substitute. Moreover, TCFs need to be viable on a large scale for the next generation of optoelectronic devices as there is a lack of study in this area. Among all the candidates, a transparent hybrid of graphene and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is a new trend in this area. Stable and homogeneous suspensions of GO sheets with strong hydrophilic and electrostatic repulsion properties are being used to produce TCFs. This trend has led to the creation of nanomaterials that exhibit better properties than their solo applications. Some techniques are able to increase the opt electrical properties with an additional transparency of more than 90%. Therefore, a comprehensive review was conducted for a new approach for the improvement of photovoltaic devices by means of a hybrid GP and SWCNT transparent conductive film.
    Keywords: Transparent conductive films (TCFs); single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs); graphene oxide (GO); nanomaterial.

    by Alfredo Constain, Carlos Peña, Duvan Mesa 
    Abstract: The importance of hydraulic, geomorphological and hydrodynamic conditions in rivers on watershed management cannot be overstated. However, in developing countries, sometimes the infrastructure is poor and these conditions are not managed properly. Therefore, this paper proposes a methodology to calculate flow, slope, Chezys C, Mannings n and hydrodynamic conditions in rivers with a tracer. This methodology allows the calculation of these hydraulic and hydrodynamic characteristics for rivers that have velocity from 0.108 m / s to 1.93 m/s.
    Keywords: Hydraulica features; hydrodynamic; rivers; tracer.

  • Selection of the Most Adequate Frequency Model to Estimate the Flood Extreme Values in the North west of Algeria   Order a copy of this article
    by Hebal Aziz 
    Abstract: This work is intended to determine the most appropriate model to estimate the extreme values of flood in the North West of Algeria. The study is conducted in two steps. The first one consists on the determination of the type of laws which may represents better the data series using the log-log plot. The second step extends on the establishment of a ranking of the laws of the selected type. This has become possible with the application of different choice criteria: the Bayesian Information Criterion, the Aka
    Keywords: Frequency model; North-west of Algeria; flood extreme values; Bayesian approach.

  • The application of Conceptual Modelling Approach to Evaluate the Impacts of Climate Change on the Future Streamflow in Three Unregulated Catchments of the Australian Hydrologic Reference Stations   Order a copy of this article
    by Hashim Alsafi, Ranjan Sarukkalige 
    Abstract: The future climate change impacts on streamflow variability at three selected contributing catchments of the Australian Hydrologic Reference Stations (HRSs), Harvey, Beardy and Goulburn catchments, are presented in this study. The HRSs network represents living gauges that enable the long-term streamflow monitoring and climate change adaptation. Observed hydro-meteorological data from the contributing catchments were used to calibrate and validate the Hydrologiska Byrans Vattenbalansavdelning (HBV) hydrological model before the streamflow prediction. The downscaled future rainfall and temperature from a multi-model ensemble of eight-Global Climate Models of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) under two Representative Concentration Pathways RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 were used to run the calibrated HBV model to simulate the future daily streamflow at the three HRSs. Nearly all GCMs predict reduction tendencies in mean annual rainfall and an increase in temperature and potential evaporation across the studied catchments during the mid (2046-2065) and late (2080-2099) of the 21st -century. The mean annual streamflow across the three catchments also tend to decrease during the future periods under the two climate scenarios and ranged between 31-60% for the Harvey catchment, 1- 24% for the Beardy catchment and 18-42% for the Goulburn catchment relative to the control run. The outcomes of this study could deliver valuable water management strategies to overcome the expected problem of water deficiency in the studied catchments.
    Keywords: Climate change; Hydrologic Reference Stations; conceptual modelling; HBV model; CMIP5; Australia.

  • Water Balance Study of a High Altitude Catchment in Indus Basin of Himalayas: Application of physics based distributed hydrologic model-MIKE SHE.   Order a copy of this article
    by Yasir Altaf, Manzoor Ahangar, Mohammad Fahimuddin 
    Abstract: The water balance of the Lidder basin was done by re-enacting all components of the hydrological cycle. MIKE SHE model was utilized to simulate all components of hydrological cycle of the Lidder basin. Water balance components were estimated at three sub-catchments Aru, Sheeshnag and at Akura and the model results show that ET losses at Aru, Sheeshnag, and Akura (total catchment) were to be 19.23 , 19.65 and 24.61 % of the total rainfall while runoff at Aru, Sheeshnag and Akura (total catchment) of Lidder basin were 34%, 40% and 57.02% of the total rainfall. Snowmelt contribution to the total streamflow in the Lidder River at Aru, Sheeshnag, and Akura (total catchment) was found to be 58.54, 54.19 and 41.75 %. The base flow contribution to the discharge in Lidder River at Aru, Sheeshnag, and Akura (total catchment) were estimated to be 22 %, 35 % and 43 % respectively. rnrn
    Keywords: Distributed Hydrological Model; Water Balance; Coupled Model.

  • Quantifying Soil Erodibility Parameters Due to Wastewater Chemicals   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammed Abbas, Abdul-Sahib Al-Madhhachi, Sarah Esmael 
    Abstract: Many factories and hospitals dumped their wastewater into Tigris River without any treatment in Baghdad city. This could influence on soil erodibility on Tigris Riverbanks. Phenol, Nitrate, and Phosphate were considered as huge concentrations in wastewater chemicals. The main objectives of this research were: 1) to investigate the influence of three wastewater chemicals on erodibility parameters of cohesive soils using Blaisdells solution and scour depth solution techniques from jet erosion tests (JETs); 2) to develop relationship between erodibility parameters and soil hardness. An excess shear stress model was utilized to measure soil erodibility based on two empirical soil parameters: critical shear stress (c) and erodibility coefficient (kd). The results showed a constantly increased in kd for all three wastewater chemicals at different curing times and concentrations, while c values were decreased. An inverse relationship was developed between c and kd for both Blaisdells solution and scour depth solution techniques.
    Keywords: wastewater chemicals; soil erodibility parameters; polluted soils; jet erosion test; JET.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10016884
  • The map-correlation method for ungauged catchments streamflow prediction in the Ufa River, Russian Federation   Order a copy of this article
    by Elena Belozerova, Nataliya Krasnogorskaya, Antonia Longobardi, Elvira Nafikova 
    Abstract: The paper investigates the problem of streamflow prediction at ungauged catchments by the use of the map-correlation method and focuses on the selection of reference stream gauges to estimate the average daily streamflow for ungauged catchments. Daily streamflow data are indeed crucial for several fields such as water management, sustainable water resource management, hydropower energy production, but the number of ungauged watersheds is still big and reliable large scale regional approaches are indeed needed as a practical response to the ungauged catchment problem. In the following, results of an application to the catchments of the rivers Ufa and main tributaries for a total of 25 catchments, is presented. The map-correlation method has been performed, where differences is made between the nearest stream gauge and the best correlated stream gauge criterion for reference station selection. It was found that, on average, for the case study the best performing method for the selection of reference station is the best correlated.
    Keywords: map-correlation method; kriging; ungauged catchment prediction; reference stream gauge; Russian Federation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10019665
  • Calibration of a Hydrological Model and Sensitivity Analysis of its Parameters: A Case Study of Seonath River Basin   Order a copy of this article
    by Mani Kant Verma, Mukesh Kumar Verma 
    Abstract: The objective of this paper is surface runoff estimation of the Seonath river basin using a semi-distributed hydrological model, i.e., SWAT (soil and water assessment tool). In this paper, the study on calibration and sensitivity is carried out using SWAT-CUP (calibration and uncertainty program) along with SUFI-2 (sequential uncertainty fitting algorithm). The performance of SWAT model is evaluated by various statistical measures; such as Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient (NS), coefficient of determination (R2), percent bias (Pbias), p factor, r factor and ratio of the root-mean-square error (RMSE) to the standard deviation of the observation (RSR). In the current work, 31 years (1980-2010) of weather data was used. The time slice for model calibration was 15 years, i.e., 1987 2001 with seven years of warming period 1980 1986 and validation period was comprised of 9 years (2002 2010). In the study, the calibration of the model was done for the two stations which is a major step for carrying out further study related to climate and land use change impact assessment. The study yielded satisfactory results in terms of model performance.
    Keywords: Hydrological modelling; Calibration; Sensitivity analysis; SWAT-CUP; SUFI-2.

  • Groundwater vulnerability Mapping of Jordanian phosphate mining area based on Phosphate concentration and GIS: Al-Abiad mine as a case study   Order a copy of this article
    by Adnan Al-Harahsheh, Majed Ibrahim, Noureddine Elboughdri, Mohammad Al-harahsheh, Salah Aljbour 
    Abstract: The present study uses DRASTIC model on a national rate and assess the groundwater contamination through phosphate release from the mining activities in south of Jordan (Al-Abiad area) using GIS environment. It is found that about 58.6% of the area was considered to be of moderate vulnerability, while high and low vulnerability was found to be at 0.6% and 42.8% respectively of the total area. On the other hand, investigation of infiltration process of selected pollutants (soluble phosphate and chloride ions) through the surface layer of study area has confirmed the vulnerability of the groundwater quality toward such as pollutants. Chemical analysis of the effluent washing water from the phosphate beneficiation process showed high concentration of P2O5 (TCP), Cl and SiO2 comparing with influent washing water. Currently, the effluent water from Al-Abiad and other Jordanian phosphate mining industry is discharged into the desert without treatment or any attempt for reuse.
    Keywords: vulnerability; waste water; groundwater; DRASTIC; phosphate; GIS.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10018392
  • Hydrochemistry and water quality index (WQI)application in the assessment of groundwater quality in Oyo State, Nigeria.   Order a copy of this article
    by Timothy O. Ogunbode, Omowumi T. Akinola 
    Abstract: Groundwater quality assessment and the application of WQI in Oyo State, Nigeria were studied. Twenty five of the 33 LGAs in the State were selected while five villages were randomly selected from each for this purpose. Samples were collected from each of the villages and analysed. The results revealed that the groundwater is generally fit for human consumption by World Health Organisation standard. Weighted average water quality index analysis showed that the groundwater in the 24 LGAs fell in the excellent water while one fell in the good water category indicating its potability. Multivariate analysis showed that four pairs of water quality variables (EC and TDS, EC and NO3, TDS and NO3, Na+ and K+) have positive correlations. Only EC and TDS correlate positively with WQI results and so positively influenced WQ analysis results. Regular investigation is recommended for the optimal relevance of WQI in water quality management.
    Keywords: water quality index; WQI; groundwater; Oyo State; correlation; hydrochemistry; WQI mapping; Nigeria.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10013356
  • The long-term trends in hydro-climatology of the Dinder and Rahad basins, Blue Nile, Ethiopia/Sudan   Order a copy of this article
    by Khalid Hassaballah, Yasir Mohamed, Stefan Uhlenbrook 
    Abstract: This paper examines the long-term trends of streamflow, rainfall, and temperature over the Dinder and Rahad River basins. Streamflow of the Rahad River showed significant increasing trends in both the annual and seasonal flows. There was no detectable change in the mean annual and seasonal flow patterns of the Dinder. However, the analysis of seasonal maxima suggested a shift towards decreased flows during the high flow period (August) and increased flows during the low flow period (November). The Dinder maxima of August decreased from 517 m3/s over the early part of the record (1972-1991) to 396 m3/s over the latest years (1992-2011). The mean annual temperature showed significant increasing trends at the rate of 0.24 and 0.30 oC/decade in the examined stations. Rainfall showed no significant change. The result of this study suggests other factors than climate variability (e.g. land use land cover changes) to be responsible for streamflow alterations.
    Keywords: Time series analysis; Hydro-climatic trend; Dinder and Rahad basin; Mann–Kendall; Pettitt test; IHA; non-parametric analysis.

  • Assessment of heavy metals in surface water of Vishwamitri river   Order a copy of this article
    by Pranavkumar Bhangaonkar, Jayeshkumar Patel 
    Abstract: Heavy metal analysis of the surface waters from Vishwamitri River was conducted in pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons during year 20152016. Samples were collected and analysed from various sampling stations along the Vishwamitri with a view to assess and analyse the concentration of various metals, i.e., Cd, Cu, Fe, Pb, Mn, Hg, Ni and Zn. The overall mean concentration revealed the toxicity level of heavy metals in the following order Pb>Fe>Hg>Cd>Ni>Cu>Mn>Zn. pH values were observed less than seven and consequently concentrations of most of the heavy metals were observed high in downstream stretch. Identification of point and non-point sources of heavy metal pollution in Vishwamitri is necessary. Suitability of Vishwamitri water is to be assessed for drinking purposes. Assessment regarding the biotoxic effects of heavy metals concentration and adoption of appropriate treatments and controlling measures to reduce metallurgical effluent load deposited into the river is need of the hour.
    Keywords: heavy metals; monsoon; post-monsoon; pre-monsoon; surface water; Vishwamitri; water quality.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10017535
    Abstract: Traditional hydrological analysis used maps and ground survey as tools to obtain the basic parameters of the watershed. However, for large catchment area the above criteria are both costly and time consuming. In this research a hydrological model modified natural resources conservation service curve number (NRCS-CN) & Geographical Information System GIS technique are used together to obtain the runoff depth for Sulak catchment area that located in the northern western part of Iraq. The basin divided into three sub-basins, runoff has been estimate for each sub-basin by three approaches. The research detect that the slope parameter affects runoff estimation significantly also its found that for each sub-watershed runoff varies drastically from sub-watershed to sub-watershed of Sulak basin. The analysis of variance test showed that there was significant difference between each curve number value for each sub-watershed, accordingly runoff calculated by Williams method gives valves above the average comparing with other methods . Total runoff estimated by three approaches for entire catchment area which shows that around 51% of total runoff is generated in months January and February, That because of heavy rainfall and high soil moisture content (Antecedent Moisture Content AMC-III) during that period.
    Keywords: Sulak Catchment area; Runoff,Modified Curve Number Method; GIS Technique.

  • Impact of Potential Evapotranspiration on Maize yields in Northern Cameroon using Aquacrop Model   Order a copy of this article
    by Brice B.S. Wandjie, Andre LENOUO, David Monkam 
    Abstract: This work presents impact of potential evapotranspiration (PET) on the agricultural yield of maize in Northern Cameroon using the AquaCrop model. Weather variables, rainfall, temperature, wind, solar radiation, water vapor pressure, relative humidity in three (03) towns in Northern Cameroon, located in Central Africa are used as independent variables in estimating five (05) PET models from 1985 to 2004 in two of these towns and from 1985 to 1995 in the other. After comparing different PET models, AquaCrop model, which is a crop, culture simulation software developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been calibrated to simulate maize yields during the period of June 15 to October 24. The results indicated that maize yields increased with PET methods values in the whole study zones for each year. In fact, this study revealed that, compared to the results given using reference PET (FAO Penman-Monteith) values, maize yields raised until up to 60% for the PET values greater than reference PET in the different towns.
    Keywords: Potential evapotranspiration; AquaCrop; Central Africa; Maize yields.

    by Hriday Mani Kalita 
    Abstract: A semi implicit finite difference scheme is presented in this paper for simulation of dam break flow over undulated bed. For this purpose, the one dimensional (1D) governing equations of shallow water flow, in a deviatoric version is solved here. One of the main important features of the present model is that, no special treatment is required here to deal with the offending friction slope source term for very less water depth. Regarding the bed slope term also, simple central difference approximation is sufficient to handle undulated channel bed. To investigate the performance of the present model in diverse situations, it is used to replicate different dam break test problems including one of known analytical solution and two experimental dam break cases. A detail analysis of the results show that the model capable is of producing good quality results for varied conditions. A sensitivity analysis is carried out for the damping parameter and an optimal range is proposed for it.
    Keywords: Shallow water equations; dam break flow; wetting and drying; irregular topography.

  • Hydrological model parameters space during calibration   Order a copy of this article
    by Shailesh Kumar Singh 
    Abstract: Hydrological models are widely used for different water resource problems. Hence, the same model can have different purpose. Depending on the purpose of the model, it need to be calibrated differently. There are several objective functions which can be use to calibrate a model, but there is not a single objective function which can describe all the components of a hydrograph simultaneously. In this study, an attempt has been made to analysis the parameter space mapped by different objective functions during calibration of a hydrological model. A conceptual hydrological model HYMOD was calibrated using Robust Parameter Estimation (ROPE) algorithm with different objective functions, namely Nash-Sutcliff coefficient, root mean square error, volume error and peak error. Also with log Nash-Sutcliff coefficient, log root mean square error, log volume error and log peak error. It has been found that the different objective function have mapped parameter spaces differently. Details diagnosis of parameter space reveal that there is no common intersection of parameter space obtained by different objective functions. The volume shrinkage of parameter space by different objective functions during parameter searching iteration are different. Which indicate optimal parameter set obtained by different objective functions are at different rate. The diagnosis of parameter space has lead us to develop a Hierarchical Optimization (HOP) calibration technique. In HOP calibration, firstly the search domain are constrain using one objective function which is general in nature and gives importance to over all characteristics of hydrograph. In second iteration it further constrain the space using another function. This process is repeated until dynamics of the hydrograph are well represented. HOP based calibration outperformed any calibration based on single objective function calibration. The result of this study will be helpful for robust parameterization of hydrological model and to obtain a global parameter which can be better represent ion of all component of hydrograph.
    Keywords: ROPE algorithm; conceptual hydrological model; objective function; HYMOD.

  • Evaluation of multiple satellite-derived rainfall products over Morocco   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: The focus of this study is to assess the accuracy of four satellite-based rainfall estimations in Morocco. TRMM3B42V7, ARC2, RFE2.0 and PERSIANN-CDR are evaluated with observations from 19 meteorological stations, at daily and monthly time steps, over different seasons and different classes of topography for the period 20012014. Results show that, all satellite datasets reasonably reproduce the mean annual rainfall and the seasonal cycle. In terms of rainfall day statistics, ARC2 and RFE2.0 have performed the best while PERSIANN-CDR exhibited the worst performance. Categorical indices showed that the TRMM3B42V7 product outperforms others in both the boreal summer and the rain shadow area. For the total precipitation, all satellite products underestimate rainfall amount in low and mid elevation, whereas a marked overestimation is observed over the rain shadow area. In terms of rainfall intensity, TRMM3B42V7 exhibits good performance to reproduce high rainfall intensities.
    Keywords: tropical rainfall measuring mission; TRMM; ARC2; RFE2.0; PERSIANN; satellite rainfall; Morocco; precipitation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10022224
  • Potential of Roundabout as a Stormwater Detention Basin in Equatorial Region   Order a copy of this article
    by Loh Siew Ling, Mah Darrien Yau Seng 
    Abstract: From the past experiences, flooding created large infrastructure problems for the city and a huge economic loss together with the damages of existing properties and goods. Therefore, this study was performed to investigate the potential of roundabout acting as a detention basin to relieve flash flood problems in equatorial region. With the aid of USEPA SWMM 5.0, rainfall-runoff simulation for existing drainage system was computed. Then, a stormwater detention basin was added to the system. As a result, Stutong roundabout in Kuching City with a basin depth of 1.2 m was capable of holding 100% of running water from the contributing catchment area. The methods implied that the size and depth of detention basin limited by the space of the Stutong roundabout were the main parameters that should be figured out first. Then, the contributing catchments allowed to be drained to the detention basin could be related.
    Keywords: Dry Pond; Runoff; Storm Water Management Model (SWMM); Urban Stormwater Management.

  • Design Criteria of Protective Filters Based on Particle Shape and Gradation Parameters   Order a copy of this article
    by Nasir Ahmad Rather, Mohd Akbar Lone, Abdul Qayoom Dar, Saeid Eslamian, Bintul Huda Mir, Bilal Ahmad Dar 
    Abstract: This study presents design criteria of protective filters for different shapes of filter material and subsequently the effect of shape parameters of filter particles on its design. The filter-base combination tests have been conducted in the laboratory for different shapes of filter material i.e., elliptical, sub-rounded, irregular and elongated. The shape parameters considered in the study are sphericity, shape factor, flatness ratio and elongation ratio. It was observed that the design criteria varied with the shape of filter particles even if the gradation of the filter material was similar. The design criteria in the form of empirical equations have been developed on the basis of D15 of filter mass, d85 of base, permeability (k) of filter mass and shape parameters of filter mass.
    Keywords: filter; shape; sphericity; shape factor; design criteria; permeability; gradation.

  • Optimum use of groundwater to plan new cropping pattern for Sinnar, MS, India   Order a copy of this article
    by Jayantilal Patel, Smita Varade 
    Abstract: In todays world conservation, management of water resources and land are major concerns. The paper presents an application of LINGO software and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm to determine optimal cropping pattern for Sinnar, MS, India. The optimization model is developed and solved using LINGO and PSO for maximization of net benefits. In existing cropping pattern net benefit are 1101.15 million Rs. whereas obtained by LINGO and PSO are 1461.2 million Rs. and 1466.3 million Rs. respectively. Net benefits obtained using PSO are better than LINGO. Hence cropping pattern obtained from PSO is suggested as proposed cropping pattern for study area.
    Keywords: Optimization; LINGO; PSO; Optimal cropping pattern.

  • Evaluation of Uncertainty in Evapotranspiration Values by FAO56-Penman-Monteith&Hargreaves-Samani Methods   Order a copy of this article
    by Hossein Talebmorad, Abdollah Ahmadnejad, Saeid Eslamian, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari, Vijay P. Singh 
    Abstract: Methods of calculating evapotranspiration are subject to uncertainty. Since the results of these methods are used for planning and design of irrigation systems, it is important to evaluate their uncertainty. Using 54 years of data, this study evaluated the uncertainty values of monthly reference crop evapotranspiration calculated with the FAO-56 Penman- Monteith and Hargreaves-Samani methods. The values of reference evapotranspiration were calculated by the ETo Calculator and for uncertainty analysis SPLUS2000 and Bootstrap test was used. The objective of this study was to determine the range of variation in the results of each method. It was found that for both methods, the bandwidth uncertainty obtained with 95% confidence interval was more in warm months than in cold months, and the mean and variance by the Hargreaves-Samani method were always less than by the FAO-56 Penman-Monteith method. The minimum and maximum bandwidth values of average uncertainty were 0.094 and 0.203, and the minimum and maximum bandwidth values of variance uncertainty were 0.029 and 0.083, respectively, in December and May for the Hargreaves-Samani method. The minimum and maximum bandwidth values of average uncertainty were 0.12 and 0.414, and the minimum and maximum bandwidth values of variance uncertainty were 0.039 and 0.44, respectively in December and July for the FAO-56 Penman-Monteith method. The uncertainty value of the FAO-56 Penman-Monteith method was more than of the Hargreaves-Samani method, because the number of parameters used in the FAO-56 method was more than in Hargreaves-Samani method which increased uncertainty resources.
    Keywords: Bootstrap; FAO-Penman-Monteith; Hargreaves-Samani; Uncertainty.

  • Assessment of Climate change parameters impact on long-term sediment transport trend Case study; Azam River basin   Order a copy of this article
    by Mehdi Yazdian, Sara Nazari 
    Abstract: At the turn of the new decade, climate change is one of the key issues that has affected all social, economic and other humans activities. In this study, the effects of changes in precipitation and temperature parameters on sediment changes in the Azam River located in Yazd province of Iran were investigated. The Mann-Kendall test was used to identify the changes in sediment parameters. Subsequently, in order to predict the sediment changes the artificial neural network (ANN) was considered. In order to use the ANN model for predicting the sediment amount, firstly, the model was trained by temperature and precipitation data as input parameters, in the next step the ANN model sensitivity analysis was done by changing the layers and the neuron numbers, finally the most suitable model with 25 layers and 30 neurons was chosen. The final trained ANN model was used forecasting the sediment amount over 20152044.
    Keywords: climate change; sediment; Azam River basin; Mann-Kendall test; artificial neural network; ANN.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10016148
  • Corrosion and Deposition in Karoon River, Iran, Based on Hydrometric Stations   Order a copy of this article
    by Mehdi Derakhshan Nia, Shahab Dalvand, Behrouz Asakereh, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari 
    Abstract: Water quality is as important as its quantity. Water in nature often has impurities that prevent the use of this vital substance. For this reason, different indicators are presented for the detection and elimination of impurities in the water. In this paper, the chemical parameters of the Karun River (within the Ahwaz-Mollasani) have been investigated in order to determine the corrosion or sedimentation in the irrigation system under pressure.For this purpose, two Ryznarand Langelierindicators have been used and after the necessary calculations it has been determined that the river water has a negative Langelierindex (LSI<0) and a high Ryznarindex(RSI>8.5) during the specified time interval, indicating high acidity during this time period, which causes deterioration and decay in Marine structures (Especially low pH areas)
    Keywords: corrosion; deposition,Langelierand Ryznarindexes; Karoonriver.

  • The Analysis of the Most Important Climatic Parameters Affecting Performance of Crop Variability in a Changing Climate   Order a copy of this article
    by Safieh Javadinejad, Saeid Eslamian, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari 
    Abstract: Projecting crop yield, under future climate plays a vital role in planning for supply and demand, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. Changes in climate can influence crop yields due to varying evapotranspiration and precipitation over agricultural regions. In Zayandeh Rud river basin, agriculture is extensive and the crop production such as rice, potato, wheat and barley are important for the income generation and food security. The rice and potato are sensitive to variations in temperature and rainfall patterns, the present study was undertaken to assess the impact of climate change on these crop yields. Climate data were generated from 17 meteorological stations. Historical climate data from 1971-2005 were used as input to CROPWAT model to analyze the potential and actual evapotranspiration that affects crop yields. Furthermore, the generated local climatic data of future years (2006-2040), (2041-2075) and (2076-2100) under the severest scenario (RCP 8.5) from CMIP5 climate model are selected. Then the data were downscaled statistically and were inputted to the CROPWAT to determine the changes in ETo , Eta and crop yield from the baseline period. The results indicate that all crops shows increasing water requirement in the future period. These maps enable us to generate the appropriate adaptation measures and best management practices under future climate change scenarios. The result of this research paper makes a significant contribution to climate smart agriculture in Isfahan- Iran. For example, agricultural development practitioners can devise the effective policies and planning to decrease the vulnerability to climate alteration impacts.
    Keywords: Climate change; evapotranspiration; CROPWAT; crop yield; Zayandeh Rud.

  • Potential Implications of Land Use/Land Cover Change and Climate Variability on Ungauged Watershed Hydrology   Order a copy of this article
    by Afera Halefom, Asirat Teshome, Ermias Sisay 
    Abstract: In Farta Watershed, the impact of land use/land cover (LULC) change and climate variability on hydrological processes was assessed and simulated using SWAT. The trends on hydro climatic variables were analyzed in the study watershed by using Mann-Kendall test. Then the model performance was assessed with the use of statistical indicators like coefficient of determination (R2), Nash-Sutcliffe model efficiency (NSE), the ratio of root mean square error (RSR), and percentage bias (PBIAS). The values were 0.79, 0.67, 0.82, and 4.8% throughout calibration and 0.61, 0.69, 0.69, and 5.2% throughout validation, respectively. The areal extent of each land use land cover for 17 years of span (2000 to 2017) based on five categories were 9.2 Km2 urban, 8.5 Km2 plantations, 5.7 Km2 water body, -22.3 Km2 agricultural land and -1.0 Km2 pastureland. Percentage change of 10.94%, 8.13% and 16.09% for a significant increasing movement of average annual temperature, mean maximum temperature and mean minimum temperature were observed respectively. Substantial increasing inclinations were observed in seasonal and average precipitation for the ungauged watershed. Hence, this study endorses that the above aspects should be taken into consideration for water resources planning and management in the study area, South Gondar, Ethiopia.
    Keywords: Farta watershed; ungauged; LULC; Temperature; precipitation.

    Abstract: River channel blockage due to high siltation is common in most urbanized catchments, leading to frequent flooding experiences. This is the case in the Woji River Basin. This study set out to investigate the changing landuse characteristics in the Woji River basin and its effect on the river channel dynamics and sediment yield. Channel morphometry was determined from remotely sensed data and correlationship was measured using the Spearman Ranks and Pearsons Product Moment co relational statistics. The result showed high influence of urban processes / landuse change on the River sediment yield, channel discharge regimes and channel morphometry characteristics. Other secondary effects of urbanization on the river dynamics found include; urban encroachment into the floodplains, deposition of wastes into the river course and high runoff occasioned by increasing basin surface imperviousness culminating in downstream flooding events. Treatment of river channel and headstream wetlands protection was among recommendations.
    Keywords: Channel dynamics; Landuse; Sediment Yield; Urbanization; Woji River.

  • Quantifying Tigris Riverbanks Stability of Southeast Baghdad City using BSTEM   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdul-Sahib Al-Madhhachi, Haider Al-Mussawy, Mohammed Basheer, Ali Abdul-Sahib 
    Abstract: A huge retreat on Tigris Riverbanks of Numaniyah-Kut reach was recently investigated in Southeast Baghdad, Iraq. Riverbank retreat due to both fluvial erosion and geotechnical failure was recently predicted from bank stability and toe erosion model (BSTEM). The goal of this paper was to compute Tigris Riverbanks stability for three sites (A, B, and C) along Numaniyah-Kut reach using BSTEM with two different scenarios. The first scenario was assumed that the bank layers were varied by three different soil moisture contents. The second scenario was assumed that the whole bank was varied by three different soil moisture contents. Field measurements were performed along Numaniyah-Kut reach included; soil samples, river cross-section surveys, and hydrological measurements. Specimens acquired from the sites were laboratory tests to obtain geotechnical and fluvial parameters in order to apply the two scenarios. Dry and optimum soil moisture contents obtained more erodible banks compared to wet banks. The results also showed that both scenarios indicated that sites B and C were more erodible compared to site A. In general, banks are more erodible and more unstable at downstream of Numaniyah City in compared with upstream of Kut barrage.
    Keywords: bank stability and toe erosion model; BSTEM; Tigris Riverbanks stability; riverbanks erosion; Numaniyah-Kut reach.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10018881
  • Modelling runoff in a river basin, India: An integration for developing un-gauged catchment   Order a copy of this article
    by Sandeep Samantaray, Dillip K. Ghose 
    Abstract: Stagerunoff model based on non linear multilayer regression (NLMR) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) are developed in the present study. Models are developed using collected dataset in short term basis during monsoon. The results confirmed that Back Propagation neural Network (BPNN) model is an important alternative to regression models. BPNN are developed using extended gradient descent based delta-learning algorithm and Radial Basis Function Network (RBFN) are developed using Gaussian potential functions. Predicted results using BPNN and RBFN model perform better as compared to NLMR and BPNN is found to be the best among all three techniques. The results of this work are integration for measuring runoff in un-gauged catchment approaching to the river basin.
    Keywords: artificial neural network; regression; River basin; runoff; stage.

  • Revisiting Maximum Observed Precipitation and Discharge Envelope Curves   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammad Zakwan 
    Abstract: Hydrologists and hydraulic engineers often require data of greatest observed point rainfall or maximum observed discharge which may occur in a river basin in order to reduce the probability of failure of large hydraulic structures. Often the envelope curves are used to estimate the extreme precipitation and floods. In the present study revised envelope curve equations have been developed for world maximum point rainfall and maximum flood in a river basin. The equations developed in the present study were found to fit the data better than previous equations. Separate equation was developed to correlate maximum observed discharge to basin area for Indian rivers.
    Keywords: maximum; rainfall; discharge; world; India.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10022018
  • The Influence of Particle Shape and Gradation Parameters on the Permeability of Filter Media   Order a copy of this article
    by Nasir Ahmad Rather, Mohd Akbar Lone, Abdul Qayoom Dar 
    Abstract: In the present study, an effort has been made to determine the effect of shape of filter media particles and their gradation on its permeability. Six different shapes of the graded filter particles, ranging from rounded to flat, were used in the study. Experiments were carried out to assess the variation of permeability with respect to the various shape parameters, viz. sphericity, roundness, shape factor, flatness ratio, elongation ratio, angularity index and the gradation parameters, for each group of the material. A model on the basis of experimental data, obtained in the study was developed which takes into account the variation of the above mentioned shape and gradation parameters for estimation of the permeability through filter media.
    Keywords: filter; permeability; shape parameters; gradation; particles; sphericity; roundness; elongation ratio; angularity.

  • Probabilistic Estimation of Design Runoff Curve Number: A Case Study for Shakkar River Watershed, India   Order a copy of this article
    by Sarita Gajbhiye Meshram, Chandrashekhar Meshram 
    Abstract: In this study, One-day, Two-day and Three-day maximum surface runoff were calculated. The curve number (CN) are dealt with as arbitrary factors with the CN connected with antecedent moisture condition (AMC-II) representing 50%, AMC-I, AMC-III representative of 10% and 90 % CN value respectively. The maximum surface runoff for 1, 2 and 3 day was fitted with three probability distribution (Log-normal, Gumble and Log Pearson-III). Out of three probability distribution, Log Pearson-III showed the best fit for the data. The maximum surface runoff (1/2/3 day) was estimated at 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 years return periods. For all the return periods and rain durations, the design CN runoff and conventional design runoff found satisfactory performance. Probalistic estimation of 1, 2 & 3 day maximum runoff is important for safe and cost effective planning and design of surface runoff storage system.
    Keywords: Design Curve number; Probability distribution; Watershed; SCS-CN.

  • Leaching of organic material in polymeric pipes distributing desalinated water   Order a copy of this article
    by Kazi Fattah, Md. Maruf Mortula 
    Abstract: Polymeric pipes have now become a favourite choice for water distribution networks. However, the role of polymeric pipes with respect to quality of water distributed has not been extensively studied. These studies are critical for desalinated water distribution as the water can be aggressive to its surroundings. The objective of this study was to identify the leaching of organic carbon from three different polymeric pipes; polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PPR) and polyethylene (PE). The study investigated the role of pH and residual chlorine concentrations on the leaching of organic carbon. Laboratory-based pipe loop systems using desalinated water was used to investigate the leaching of organic matter. The results revealed that the migration of organic material was in the order of PE>PPR>PVC. Results indicated the lowest level of potential precursors of disinfection by-products was present in PVC pipes, compared to PPR and PE pipes.
    Keywords: water distribution system; polymeric pipes; desalinated water; leaching; organic material.

  • Flood risk assessment and management in urban areas: a case study in Bechar City, Southwestern Algeria   Order a copy of this article
    by BOUHELLALA Kharfia, Cherif El-Amine 
    Abstract: Flood has always been considered as one of the natural catastrophes that accompanies with huge losses and damages, which affect the lives of human beings. The present paper presents a flood risk assessment approach for Bechar city, an urban area in Southwest of Algeria using hydrologic engineering centres-river analysis system (HEC-RAS). In order to achieve better floodplain management in the study area, a suite of solutions were developed, taking into account hydraulic, infrastructure, environmental, geomorphic, economic and social considerations. Some of the key solutions identified included: 1) redevelopment of the Bechar Wadi over the entire urbanised area, on a width of the bed of the Wadi whose sizing will be ensured by a detailed study; 2) evacuation of excess flow through a bypass channel to Tigheline Wadi; 3) establishment of a dam in downstream of El Abiad Wadi. The results of this study will be of great help to the decision makers in the field of floodplain management, especially the involved governments department, to make a proper plan for future development.
    Keywords: Bechar Wadi; floodplain management; flood risk assessment; southwest of Algeria; urban area.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10018570
  • Interbasin water transfer conflicts. The case of the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct (Spain)   Order a copy of this article
    by Alvaro Morote, Maria Hernandez, Antonio-Manuel Rico, Saeid Eslamian 
    Abstract: Since its inauguration in 1979, the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct has become one of the hydraulic infrastructures that have given rise to the highest number of inter-regional conflicts in Spain during recent decades. The aim of this paper is to analyse the political, social, environmental and economic conflicts presented in the donor (Tagus) and recipient (Segura) basins of this infrastructure. To this end, through the holding of interviews with the main stakeholders and an analysis of the regulations, an assessment has been made of the results (for and against) of those who defend maintaining this infrastructure, owing to its far-reaching social and economic impact, and those who advocate its immediate or progressive closure. In conclusion, the case analysed here has become one of the foremost inter-regional water conflicts in Spain which, currently, after the proposal and adoption of certain regulatory measures, continues to represent a conflict over water use that may be of interest and comparison in the international scope.
    Keywords: Transfers; conflicts; water; Tagus-Segura Aqueduct; Spain.

  • Climate Change Impact on Groundwater Recharge of Umm ER Raduma Unconfined Aquifer Western Desert, Iraq   Order a copy of this article
    by Waqed Hassan 
    Abstract: The impact of future climate change on groundwater resources is significant, especially for arid and semi-arid areas such as the Middle East. In this study, the effect of climate change on groundwater recharge in the Umm er Radhuma unconfined aquifer in the Western Desert, Iraq was simulated using a modelling approach (WetSpass). Climate variables predicted for the period 2020 to 2099, were generated from the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research (HadCM3), these appropriate for the most important developments in emission scenarios A2 and B2, in seven selected meteorology stations throughout the study area. The results indicated an increase in annual precipitation and in average temperature for the two selected scenarios. For the study region, precipitation is predicted to increase by 5.4% and 3.19%, for A2 and B2 scenarios, respectively. Consequently, the annual average groundwater recharge is expected to decrease by 16% for both scenarios in the next century.
    Keywords: water resources management; groundwater sustainability; climate change; WetSpass; Umm er Radhuma aquifer; statistical downscaling models; SDSM.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10021823
  • A review on Hydrological Region Homogeneity   Order a copy of this article
    by Safieh Javadinejad, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari, Maryam Marani-Barzani 
    Abstract: Hydrologic classification is the procedure of systematically ordering streams, rivers or catchments into groups that are most similar with regard to features of their flow regime and applied to identify hydrologically homogenous regions. Previous homogeneousattempts have depend on a plethora of hydrologic metrics that considerfeatures of flow changeability that are assumed to be significant in shaping physical processes in catchments. This researchexplain the methods of hydrological homogeneity by reviewing past and existing approaches (usually statistical techniques) and also provide a methodological framework for hydrological homogeneity that depicts critical components of the classification process.
    Keywords: Hydrologic classification; Homogeneous; Similarity; Physical processes; Classification process.

  • Statistical and Trend Analyses of long-term rainfall data: A case study for Mauritius   Order a copy of this article
    by Reena Seebocus, Michel Roddy Lollchund, Miloud Bessafi 
    Abstract: This paper focuses on the analysis of monthly mean rainfall data for the period 1950-2016 for Mauritius using statistical techniques and decomposition method. For the statistical analysis, the data are fitted to commonly used probability distribution function for which parameters are estimated using the Method of Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE). The Anderson-Darling (A-D), Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) and Chi Square (C-S) tests are then employed to determine which PDF best fits the data. The results obtained indicate that the Log-Normal, GEV and Inverse Gaussian PDFs best fit the rainfall data at less than 5% significance level. The Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (EEMD) method is employed to study the trends in the data. Results obtained are in terms of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs) and the trendline. The analysis reveals that there is a general linear decrease of 1 mm/year in the amount of rainfall.
    Keywords: Rainfall; Statistical techniques; Probability Distribution Function; Goodness-of-fit tests; Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (EEMD).

    by Ali Suliman, Ayob Katimon, Intan Zaurah Mat Darus 
    Abstract: Developing highly accurate semi-distributed rainfall runoff models are still a big challenge in streamflow simulation. In this paper, a new technique using ANN to improve the accuracy of TOPMODEL which contains three sub-models is presented. A medium catchment located in tropical Malaysia is used. The proposed scheme is to replace one of the sub-models by Artificial Intelligence models. Model results are evaluated by Nash-Sutcliffe model (NS), and correlation coefficient (CoC) which demonstrate the ability of ANN to improve the accuracy of TOPMODEL. It is concluded that the scheme can improve performance in terms of streamflow simulation. Best performance is obtained by the replacement of one sub-model, which, although not as accurate, allowed for the retention of a certain degree of physical representation.
    Keywords: TOPMODEL-Simulink; Johor River Basin; Hybrid; ANN; MLP; Artificial Intelligence; Tropical Catchment; Rantau Panjang; Rainfall Runoff Models; Malaysia.

  • Assessment of meteorological and hydrological drought; a case study in Kirindi Oya River basin in Sri Lanka   Order a copy of this article
    by Nimal Abeysingha, M.G. Wickramasuriya, Janakee Meegastenna 
    Abstract: A desk study was conducted to detect the changes in drought, their frequencies and trends in the Kirindi Oya river basin in Sri Lanka using Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and Streamflow Drought Index (SDI). The frequency of drought events was assessed using SPI and trend of SPI was also determined using Mann - Kendall and Sens slope. The results based on SPI analysis indicated that hydrological years 1989-90, 1991-92, 2000-01 and 2013-14 were drought years and the year 1991-92 was identified as a severe drought year in the Kirindi Oya river basin. The significant negative trend of SPI (-0.055) during July to September time scale indicates the increasing drying tendency of the entire basin. However, frequency of being dry of the basin in annual and April to September period is only 16% for the entire basin. Based on SDI, 2000-01 and 2003-04 were identified as hydrological drought years especially for the October to December period both at Thanamalwila and Wellawaya gauge stations in the basin.
    Keywords: drought analysis; Kirindi Oya river basin; SPI index; SDI index; Sri Lanka.

  • Rainfall Trends and Intensity-Frequency-Duration Relationships in Sharjah City, UAE   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdullah Yilmaz, Abdallah Shanableh, Tarek Merabtene, Serter Atabay, Naseraldin Kayemah 
    Abstract: Trend analysis is important to understand effects of climate change and variability on rainfalls. In this study, rainfall and heavy rainfall trend analysis were performed for Sharjah City, United Arab Emirates (UAE) using data for various rainfall durations. Moreover, rainfall intensity-frequency-duration (IFD) relationship was studied by fitting annual maximum and peaks-over-threshold data to Generalized Extreme Value (GEV) and Generalized Pareto Distributions (GPD). Mostly decreasing rainfall trends were detected for short storm durations (except autumn season rainfall), whereas statistically non-significant rainfall trends were detected for long storm durations. Also, statistically non-significant increasing trends were detected in heavy rainfalls in Sharjah City. Heavy rainfall data sets were fit successfully to GEV and GPD, and rainfall IFD relationship was created for Sharjah City. Despite the availability of limited data for study area, this study contributed to better understanding of variations in rainfall and heavy rainfalls in Sharjah City. Moreover, derived rainfall IFD relationships by frequency analysis of generated heavy rainfalls (using multiple techniques to overcome limited data availability challenge) provide significant input for water infrastructure projects in Sharjah City.
    Keywords: Rainfall trends; Rainfall IFD curves; Heavy rainfalls; Sharjah City; United Arab Emirates.

  • An empirical method for estimating the soil hydraulic conductivity using particle size distribution curve, Case study: Isfahan city   Order a copy of this article
    by Farid Fazileh, Gholam Hossein Karami, Rassoul Ajalloeian 
    Abstract: Various equations have been developed for assessing the hydraulic conductivity (K) based on particle size distribution. Since the percentages of fine and coarse particles in a sediment significantly influence its permeability, values of K obtained using these empirical equations are erroneous. In this research, a new and applicable equation has been advised which is based on the percentages of fine and large particles in the sample. the following relationship obtained from multiple linear regressions between values of K and corresponding particle size data: K = 0.0419 (Fk)2 - 0.1478 (Fk) + 1.5629 FK = 30Pg(2) 3PS(0.1) + 3.2 The validity of this new presented equation has been controlled with 8 new samples. Calculated values of K using this equation yield relative errors of 5 to 10 percent which fall in range of allowable errors.
    Keywords: hydraulic conductivity; Iran; Isfahan; Grain size distribution; Sieve analysis.

  • Derivation of Digital Terrain Models and Morphological Parameters from Very High Resolution Satellite Images   Order a copy of this article
    by Nawras Shatnawi, Moahmmed Matouq, Awni Khasawneh, Saeid Eslamian 
    Abstract: Jordan is considered among the poorest countries in water resources in the world, therefore many projects were introduced to the area to deal with this issue. The presented work focuses on two specific aspects -that could help in water resources management projects- The accuracy potential of these data in such areas and the benefit for hydrological models and applications using these data. We present methodology, ground truth validation and assessment for DTM generation by Pleiades data as well as for the derivation of drainage networks and morphometric parameters. The results were compared with DTM generated from Lidar data, which showed the ability of Pleiades data to generate DTMs in mountainous regions, and steep areas. The drainage density and morphometric parameters were also tested and compared. The absolute mean difference in elevation for the generated DTM from Pleiades data was 0.444 m (less than 1 Pixel) with 0.509 standard deviation and Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) of 0.503, where the computed drainage density from both Lidar Pleiades data showed no significant difference.
    Keywords: Digital elevation models; Morphometric Parameters; High Resolution Satellite images; Pleiades; Lidar; GCP’s; Filtering; Refinement.

  • Estimation of extreme floods by regional methods in Trois Rivières watershed North West Algeria   Order a copy of this article
    by TALIA Amel, Mohamed MEDDI 
    Abstract: The objective of this study is to estimate the extreme floods corresponding to different recurrence intervals in Trois Rivières watershed, a large sub-basin of the Macta basin (NW-Algeria). Two regional models are used flow-duration-frequency (Qdf) modelling and gradex method. A methodology for modelling QdF curves based on the so-called continuous converging model has been applied. The second model is gradex method which is a rainfall-runoff probability approach to computing extreme flood discharges in a river. The QdF model gives a complete description of the flood dynamics of Trois Rivières basin. Nevertheless, it is recommended to use this method with vigilance for the predetermination of severe floods for important return periods. However, the gradex method overestimates the extreme floods for different recurrence intervals. This study highlights that diverse methods should be employed for the regional analysis of extreme hydrological events.
    Keywords: flofloods; QdF modelling; gradex method; Trois Rivières watershed; Algeria.

  • Potentiality of Irrigation Technologies to Control Soil Salinity and Greenhouses Pepper Yield Production Improvement in Sandy Soil of Southern Tunisia   Order a copy of this article
    by Ines Gasmi, Basem Aljoumani, Mohamed Mechergui, Mohamed Moussa 
    Abstract: In this study, localized surface Drip Irrigation (DI) system is used to irrigate pepper crop in a greenhouse with two irrigation treatments 100% (T1) and 50% (T2) of the plant needs to reduce subsurface drainage, control soil salinity and increase the yield production in the region affected by soil and water salinity located in the southeast of Tunisia. The DI system is compared with a new irrigation technique applied in the Institute of Arid Regions, Medenine-Tunisia, called Buried diffuser (BD) system. BD system designed to optimize the water use in arid regions. Irrigation treatment, soil depth, soil electrical conductivity (EC) and pepper yield production were used to compare between the irrigation systems using Generalized Additive Mixed Model (GAMM). The results indicated that yield production increased from 23047 kg/ha in the greenhouse irrigated by DI system to 23945 kg/ha in the greenhouse irrigated by the BD system using water treatment of 100% (T1). By using water treatment 50% (T2), the yield production was 13164 kg/ha under DI system and 15703 kg/ha under BD system. Moreover, BD system helped to eliminate the salinity in the root zone for the T1 treatment. While it has the same effect on soil salinity as the T2 treatment of the DI system. Under T1 and T2 treatments, the yield obtained from BD system was significantly higher that DI system.
    Keywords: Drip irrigation; Buried diffuser; soil electrical conductivity; yield production: southeast of Tunisia; Generalized Additive Mixed Models (GAMMs).

  • Rainwater harvesting in urban areas of developed countries. The state of the art (1980-2017)   Order a copy of this article
    by Alvaro-Francisco Morote, Maria Hernandez, Saeid Eslamian 
    Abstract: Many urban areas suffer from water scarcity although paradoxically, a local source such as rainwater is mostly treated as a risk rather than a valuable resource. This change of paradigm is included in the Integrated Water Resources Management and Demand Management approach. The aim of this research is to identify and analyse studies that explore subject matters concerning rainwater in the integrated management systems of water resources into developed countries. The research methodology consisted in a literature review (from the 1980s to 2017) of territorial studies that examine rainwater harvesting in urban areas of the developed countries. To this end a bibliometric analysis has been carried out in different databases according to the definition of key words. The results reveal five thematic areas were identified and temporal and spatial differences between some subject matters.
    Keywords: Rainwater; harvesting; developed countries; integrated water resources; management.

  • Characteristics and Return Period of Hydrological Drought Base on Reservoir Capacity Reliability; Case study of Mamak Dam in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia   Order a copy of this article
    by I. WAYAN YASA, Mohammad Bisri, Mochammad Sholichin, Ussy Andawayanti 
    Abstract: The analysis of hydrologic drought indices by using the reservoir will obtain an actual and real drought indefinite and have a clear physical meaning. In this research use daily data of the water level of reservoir, inflow, and outflow. The research method used to obtain the hydrological drought index (RDI) is the water balance method in the reservoir. As for the estimation of drought in a certain return period using the Log Pearson Type III distribution. The results showed that the extreme drought on Sumbawa Island took place on average for 265 days with a maximum deficit of 35,378x103 m3 from the effective storage. The hydrological drought index (RDI) ranges from -1.31 to -0.01 with very severe drought criteria to weak drought. The hydrologic drought in the return period of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 years ie, respectively -0.01, -0.54, -0.90, -1.04, -1.12.
    Keywords: drought; reservoir; el-nino; inflow; outflow; reliability.

  • Dam Break Analysis of Old Aswan Dam on Nile River Using HecRas   Order a copy of this article
    by Amira Helwa, Mohamed Elgamal, Ashraf Ghanem 
    Abstract: The Egyptian segment of the Nile River is controlled from its upstream end by two dams: the High Aswan Dam (HAD) and the Old Aswan Dam (OAD). Nowadays, questions are being raised about the efficiency and safety of the Old Aswan Dam and what will happen if the dam fails? For this regard, a 1D hydraulic model using HEC-RAS package was developed to investigate a number of dam break scenarios, to estimate the outlet hydrograph from the dam site and to route the produced flood wave throughout the first river reach from the dam site up to Esna barrage. A numerical sensitivity analysis was performed to select the relevant values of the implicit weighting factor , x and t. Eight dam break scenarios were developed to investigate the effect of initial water level, inlet flow and dam breach width on the expected inundated area. Results showed that there would not be catastrophic consequences from the Old Aswan Dam failure. The main concern is when large flow values are released deliberately (Q = 605 mm3/sec) from the Aswan Dam.
    Keywords: Old Aswan Dam; OAD; dam breaching; dam break analysis; HEC-RAS; breaching parameters.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10022163
  • Hydrological Drought Frequency Analysis A Case Study in South Kerala   Order a copy of this article
    by Deepa Varghese G S, Joisy M B 
    Abstract: Hydrological droughts refer to the shortfalls on surface or subsurface water supply like streamflow, reservoir, groundwater etc. Many people consider droughts to be a rare event, when in fact they are a normal and recurrent feature in the cycle of climatic events. Droughts in Indian peninsula seem to be primarily associated with the failure of monsoon. With climate change studies predicting even more hydrological extremes for the future, already competing demand for water resources may further aggravate. Thus, the importance of water resources aspect of drought is being increasingly recognised. In this paper, the severity of droughts in terms of the cumulative water deficiency is studied by two methods by proper identification of the threshold levels in two major basins of Kerala in the south. The streamflow for the basins are generated for a period of over two decades using the Thomas Fiering model. An application of the drought frequency analysis by Yevjevich and Dracup methods is performed and presented.
    Keywords: hydrological droughts; streamflow generation; Dracup; Yevjevich; Thomas Fiering model; severity.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10021291
  • Assessing the Efficiency of WRASTIC Method in Determining the Vulnerability of Surface Water Resources in Semi-Arid Region Using the NSFWQI   Order a copy of this article
    by Reza Ghazavi, Rasool Imani, Rohallah Mirzaie, Babak Khayatrostami 
    Abstract: Water quality assessment is important for sustainable water resources management and developing appropriate strategies for water resources and environment protection. In this study, the WRASTIC method was used to assess the surface water vulnerability to contaminations in sub-catchments of Kivi Dams watershed, located in the northeast of Iran. Also, the National Sanitation Foundation Water Quality Index (NSFWQI) was used to determine the overall water quality and to assess the efficiency of WRASTIC method. Remote sensing, GIS techniques and data monitoring were used to determine the rank of WRASTIC factors. Monthly Surface water samples were taken in a one-year period (Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016) from the outlet of the certain sub-catchments and FC, pH, T, PO4, NO3, Tur and TS value were measured directly. The NSFWQI was calculated based on the average value of water quality factors. Comparing the priority of vulnerability and overall quality of surface water in the studied sub-catchments showed an acceptable efficiency of WRASTIC method to assess the vulnerability of surface water resources in semi-arid regions.
    Keywords: Surface Water; Vulnerability; WRASTIC; NSFWQI.

  • Determination of distance advanced by the waterfront in a border strip land using Laplace transformation   Order a copy of this article
    by Mahbub Hasan, Aschalew Kassu 
    Abstract: Among various methods of surface irrigation, border method is widely applicable to cultivate most cereal crops like wheat, maize etcetera and rice (Amiri et al., 2016). The waterfront advance data has to be synchronised with the infiltration depth, especially at the head end along with the consideration of sufficiency of infiltrated depth of water at the tail end. With that point of view, this study was undertaken to calculate the waterfront advance distance from the head end using Laplace transformation. Values for the constants for infiltration equation were collected and used in the Laplace transformation equations and found to match the calculated and actual waterfront advance data with a very reasonable discrepancy. The actual waterfront distance was only 0.51 m shorter than that was calculated by Laplace transformation. This might have caused due to soil cover, irregular tillage operation, huge potholes, and discontinuation of the uniformity of slope of the border strip. Application of this method will help to increase the water application efficiency with respect to flow size, border strip slope, depth of water requirement infiltrated in certain time to meet the crop water requirement.
    Keywords: border irrigation; Laplace transformation; infiltration; border strip; waterfront advance; optimum irrigation water.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10023744
  • GIS based impact analysis of revitalization of dried rivulets in Pampa River basin, Kerala, India   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: Inundation models play significant role in flood disaster management. Pampa River is a tropical, monsoon fed river in Kerala, India. Its basin experiences severe recurring floods owing to excessive human interference. Some of the streams in this river, which effectively did hydraulic-balancing, dried up due to indiscriminate human intervention. In this paper,utilizing HEC-RAS model, flood plain inundation map of Pampa River Basin evolved. Scenario of rejuvenating two prominent dried streams simulated and effects of rejuvenation in reducing flood havoc analyzed.Study revealed that by revitalizing dried rivulets, about 20% reduction in flood inundation can be achieved, improving flood situation considerably.
    Keywords: Pampa river basin; rejuvenation of rivulets; flood plain inundation mapping.

    by Mariana Marselina, Indragiri Jatikusuma, Arwin Sabar 
    Abstract: The development of settlements north of Bandung City in Indonesia is changing the upstream Cikapundung Watershed. Construction in the Cikapundung Watershed between 1997 and 2011 was 50.58 ha/year and the deforestation was 18.3 ha/year. The conservation index showed that the change in land use from 1997 to 2011 will made critical area increased around 62.48 ha/year. The area condition was assessed by comparing the actual conservation index (Ikc) and the natural conservation index (Ika). This indicates that there was degradation of the lands hydrological function (IKc < IKa) in the Upper Cikapundung Watershed area. In 1997, 2001, 2005,and 2011 the IKc was less than IKa forest (0.90.8) or IKa Hassing (0.73). To preserve the hydrological function of the Upper Cikapundung Watershed area, a linkage between space utilisation and hydrological conditions of the land is needed.
    Keywords: actual conservation index; natural conservation index; spatial; land use change; Indonesia.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10021852
  • Design and Development of Green Energy Conversion System Using Waste Water and Organic Kitchen Wastes   Order a copy of this article
    by Anand Kumar K.S., R.K. Saket, R. Rajendran, S. Eslamian 
    Abstract: The design aspects and operational methodologies of a prototype microbial fuel cell and kitchen wastes based GECS are presented in this paper. The objective of this innovative research work is to provide an engineering solution for power generation from kitchen water, organic and agricultural wastes in green and biocompatible manners. The aluminum and copper foil sheets as cathode and an anode respectively are used as an electrode in the developed GECS. The comprehensive experiments have been performed using different bio-fuels from kitchen waste samples in bio-electric sandwich GECS chamber. The design and working aspects of GECS under anaerobic and aerobic conditions are described and discussed in this paper. The sandwich design of developed GECS comprises a bottom chamber and bio-fuel disposal chamber with 24 cassettes array. The output terminals of the 24 cassettes array arrangement produce 6 to 12 volts and exhaust byproduct as the liquid bio-fertilizers.
    Keywords: bio-electricity; sandwich design; green energy conversion system; microbial fuel cell; liquid bio-fertilizer; sustainable energy source.

  • Runoff Volume by SCS Method for the Alabama A&M University Agricultural Research Station   Order a copy of this article
    by Mahbub Hasan, Aschalew Kassu 
    Abstract: This study was undertaken to determine and have the information on runoff volume that could be available for water reuse in cultivating crops. This information might help in decision making for water budgeting and achieving the best water management in crop cultivation practices. This research was conducted in the agricultural research station of Alabama A&M University in Hazel Green, Alabama. A part of the total research station, an area of 40.82 ha belongs to the Agronomy and Crop Science was selected with the hydrologic soil group of C and B of 24.49 and 16.33 ha, with land use pattern of straight row and small grain straight row, respectively. Both the land areas were in good conditions. Runoff volume was calculated by the SCS method and found to be 1.40 ha-m. Rainfall information as reported in earlier works and other related information and their applications were found to be suitable.
    Keywords: runoff; SCS method; hydrological soil group; rainfall.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10023745
  • Assessment of climate variability and short term land use land cover change effects on water quality of Cahaba river basin   Order a copy of this article
    by Pooja Preetha, Ashraf Al-Hamdan, Michael Anderson 
    Abstract: This study examines the short term impacts of land use land cover (LULC) changes as well as climate variability on the water quality of the Cahaba river watershed in Alabama. The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), in combination with spatial-temporal analysis were applied for evaluating contributions of dominant LULC patterns on changes in the sediment yields and nutrient loads. Optimized hot spot analysis with LULC change alone showed decreases in sediment yield and nutrient loads in the upper Cahaba watershed where forests and agricultural lands were replaced by urban development. Climate and LULC raised annual sediment yield and phosphorus load by 2.8% and 61% respectively and lowered nitrogen load by 17%. The combined changes in climate and land use posed a stronger impact on water quality in future. The findings of this study will provide useful information for future water and land management in the Cahaba river basin.
    Keywords: Water quality; Land cover change; Climate change; SWAT model; Cahaba river basin.

  • Damaging hydrological events during the exiting of the Little Ice Age in a highland area of Southern Italy   Order a copy of this article
    by Nazzareno Diodato, Giuseppe Santoni, Andrea Cevasco, Francesco Fiorillo, Gianni Bellocchi 
    Abstract: Historical documentary sources reflect a myriad of social, cultural, political, and scientific narratives about weather, climate and hydrological effectiveness. Their use in climate research provides an important contribution to current debates about climate and related damaging hydrological events. In Europe, the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA, 18401920) was characterized by an unusual mixture of storms, floods and landslides. They have marked profoundly the regional landscape of the highlands of the Tammaro area (Campano Apennines, Southern Italy). In this way, we found that episodes of climate variability and its extremes have often disrupted ecosystems during stormy wintertimes (SeptemberMarch) by injuring plant development phases, and causing sometimes disruption, while also creating new interactions with the agricultural and social environment. The results indicated that the end of the 19th century was the stormiest period of the series 18002000, in conjunction with landscape deforestation started in 1850.
    Keywords: climate variability; deforestation; documentary sources; extreme precipitation events; floods; hydrological hazards; landslides; Tammaro basin; Southern Italy; storms.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10022498
  • Application of web enabled open source geospatial technologies in generation of water resource development plan   Order a copy of this article
    by Arati Paul, Vemuri Chowdary 
    Abstract: Sustainable planning and management of water resources is necessary, as water is essential for food security, industrial production and sustaining ecosystems as well as socio-development of a country. Geospatial technologies are successfully employed in the field of hydrology for planning and management. However, the implementation of these technologies is restricted because of non-availability of necessary data, processing knowledge as well as software and hardware infrastructures in time. Hence, in this study, a web enabled customised geographic information system (GIS) is developed using open source geospatial tools to generate water resource development (WRD) plans for non-GIS professionals. The application was demonstrated by considering the spatial layers pertaining to three districts of Jharkhand state, India. The tool takes the area of interest as an input from the user and analyses the data to produce WRD action plans. Plans include identifying suitable zones for artificial recharge that makes watershed management simpler and more effective.
    Keywords: water resource development plan; geospatial; web GIS; open source; multi criteria analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2020.10023542
  • Effect of Roughness Coefficient on Discharge and Flow Depth by Using Hydraulic Model for Nethravathi River Basin, India   Order a copy of this article
    by Pramodkumar Kappadi, Nagaraj M. K. 
    Abstract: The river stage and discharge are dynamic due to various factors affecting the flow characteristics in a natural channel. The channel roughness plays an important role since it is not a constant parameter and varies along the length of the river. Estimation of discharge and depth of flow is contingent upon accurate representation of the roughness coefficient value. The objective of the present study is to assess the variation of Mannings roughness coefficient on flow characteristics of Nethravathi river. The study is carried out between the two gauging stations of Uppinangadi and Bantwal for a length of 28 km river reach. In the study, 1D SaintVenant equation based HEC-RAS hydraulic model was used to simulate the effect of roughness coefficient (Mannings Coefficient n) on discharge and stage of river flow. The model is calibrated using flow hydrograph from June 2008 to December 2008 and validated for the flow duration from June 2009 to December 2009. The model result showed good consensus between model computed flow discharge values and observed flow discharge measured at Bantwal gauging station. The study results indicated that the computed stage values are increased and the associated peak discharges are decreased with the increase in Mannings roughness coefficient. In addition, the stage-discharge rating curves revealed that Mannings n value is relatively more sensitive at higher discharge values. The computed results are useful to predict flood stage and discharge values for the Nethravathi river basin.
    Keywords: Hydraulic model; Roughness coefficient; HEC-RAS; Discharge and Stage.

  • A Hybrid model to assess the hydropower potential for rivers   Order a copy of this article
    by Anas Mahmood Al-Juboori 
    Abstract: A computer program called Hydropower Plant Site Assessment Program (HPSAP) was developed by using Visual Basic Programming to assess the hydropower potential in river basins. A methodology to select the best site to install the hydropower plant was developed according to metrological, hydrological and economic design criteria. HPSAP has several options to analyze watersheds for different head or power criteria. HPSAP estimates the locations coordinates and upstream drainage area for powerhouse and weir locations, elevation of powerhouse and weir, the distance between weir site and powerhouse site, penstock length, design head and power for proposed plants. The design discharge is estimated by using a flow duration curve regression equation developed by Group Method of Data Handling (GMDH) based on rainfall-runoff model outputs. HEC-HMS model was used as hydrological rainfall-runoff model in this study. The results have proved the ability of the program to assess the hydropower potential in river basins.
    Keywords: Run-of-river hydropower plant; Flow duration curve; Visual Basic programming; Hydropower program; HEC-HMS; GMDH.

  • Assessment of Factors Affecting Bromate Formation in Drinking Water Bottles   Order a copy of this article
    by Maruf Mortula, Serter Atabay, Haifa Ismail, Nour Aljafari 
    Abstract: This paper presents the results of experimental study conducted to investigate the effects of different parameters on bromate formation in bottles of drinking water. The effects of various temperatures, storage times, pH and some water quality parameters including bromide, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) were investigated. Three different regional and international water bottles brands that are available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were selected. For each brand 36 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles of water were tested. It is concluded that the effects of storage time and temperature was negligible for all brands and that the effects of pH levels on bromate formation was noticeable. Increasing pH level increases the bromate formation for brands X and Y but decreases the bromate formation for Brand Z. It was also concluded the effect of TDS, TOC and turbidity on bromate formation was not significant.
    Keywords: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle water; Bromate; Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).

  • Using Two-Dimensional Numerical Model for Hydrodynamic Modeling of a Western Himalayan Alluvial River Reach   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdul Qayoom Dar, Aqleem Shah 
    Abstract: The era of numerical modeling has become an integral part of the decision making process and design for water resource engineers especially in data deficient water bodies. A study has been carried out to assess the variability and magnitude of flow regimes at ungauged sites of an alluvial river reach, i.e. River Jhelum in Jammu and Kashmir, India. A finite element numerical model. (TELEMAC 2-D) was used to simulate the river hydrodynamics of the domain from Sangam (33
    Keywords: Numerical modeling; Hydrodynamic analysis; Ungauged sites; Flood map; Alluvial River course; Statistical analysis.

  • Impact of Climate Change on Water Sector in Gumbasa Watershed, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia   Order a copy of this article
    by I. Wayan Sutapa, Saiful Darman, Djayani Nurdin, Fathurrahman - 
    Abstract: Global climate change resulting in increased or decreased rainfall volume, rising temperatures, may also be associated with changes in season patterns, wind patterns, air humidity, and solar irradiance. This study aims to determine the potential hazards arising in the water sector due to climate change. This research was conducted in Gumbasa watershed, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Primary data used in this research are characteristic of land, while secondary data include rain data, climatology data and earth map. The data of rain used by the nearest station are Bora Station, Kulawi, Palolo, Bangga Down, and Wuasa, whereas climatology data is used Bora Station. Some analyzes performed include: 1). Regional rainfall; 2). Evapotranspiration; 3). Water availability; 4). CDF Statistical Analysis; 5). Climate change projections; 6). Potential hazards. The conclusions of this study are: 1). There is no danger of decreasing water availability for all periods (1993-2052); 2). There is a high flood hazard in the period 2013-2022, while the other periods do not occur due to flood hazard; 3). Low drought hazards occur in the period 2003-2012, while for other periods there is no drought hazard
    Keywords: Climate Change; Gumbasa Watershed; MockWyn-UB Model; Water Sector; Hazard.

  • SwinOSD: a computer tool for designing Onsite Detention (OSD) Basin   Order a copy of this article
    by Monzur Imteaz, Iqbal Hossain, Amimul Ahsan, Abdallah Shanableh 
    Abstract: A computer tool was developed to calculate sizing requirements of onsite detention (OSD) basins. Tool reads design rainfall and temporal pattern from pre-populated spreadsheets, which are linked with the tool. Tool calculates OSD storage required from the calculated runoff time-series (for a particular time period) and user-provided permissible site discharge (PSD). The tool calculates maximum storage required considering worst temporal pattern of rainfall for a conservative design. It also calculates average storage volume required taking averages of calculated storages based on all the temporal patterns. Eventually, for a selected water height, tool calculates required orifice diameter to maintain a given PSD. The tool calculated storage requirements were compared with the widely used urban drainage model, DRAINS. For all the selected scenarios, the DRAINS simulated storage-depth curves show that the developed tool calculated results are compatible with DRAINS calculations under same scenario.
    Keywords: ARR; OSD; PSD; design rainfall; DRAINS.

    by Francesco Chidichimo, Michele De Biase, Carmine Fallico, Samuele De Bartolo, Mario Ianchello, Salvatore Straface 
    Abstract: Groundwater management or remediation requires the knowledge of the main hydrodynamic parameters of the hydrological system. The aim of the study focused on the investigation of the reliability of the methods used for the estimation of these important parameters. Several pumping and slug tests were performed in the Hydraulics Laboratory of University of Calabria, where a high controlled experimental apparatus was designed and constructed. The data collected during the experiments have been used to estimate the hydraulic conductivity and the storage coefficient of the porous medium. The analysis was carried out both through classical analytical methods and by the development of an ad hoc three-dimensional finite element model of the apparatus working in transient conditions. An extreme variability in the results was observed but the estimates obtained by the inverse numerical modeling were the ones returning, on average, the best outcomes among all the characterization methods.
    Keywords: : Slug Tests interpretation; Analytical solutions; Numerical inverse modeling; Groundwater; Laboratory experiments; Hydrodynamic properties; Hydraulic conductivity estimation; Storage coefficient estimation; Characterization techniques.

  • The Effect of Urban Development on Runoff Volumes in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham   Order a copy of this article
    by Shahrokh Soltaninia, Lobat Taghavi, Saeid Eslamian 
    Abstract: Estuarine and coastal areas have always had an issue with regard to an increased level of flood hazards. In addition, since urban developments have an impact on water runoff, future house building plans and new decisions to prevent flooding are essential. The peak rate of runoff is greater for a developed site than it was for the pre-development sit and flood recovery of developed sites requires more time. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that future developments do not worsen flooding problems. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) is an example of an area in the north-east corner of London, on the north bank of the River Thames which is currently undergoing major developments. The runoff coefficient as calculated by the Wallingford modified rational method, the geographic information system, and the core strategy in the LBBD illustrated that there was an increase in the peak runoff discharge by about 29.4% following developments. The use of sustainable urban drainage systems and other feasible mitigations such as drainage systems could reduce the risk of flooding as a result of surface water runoff.
    Keywords: Runoff volume; Urban development; Wallingford modified rational method.

  • Assessment of groundwater quality of the Karst aquifer of Cherea, Tebessa (Northeast of Algeria)   Order a copy of this article
    by Yasser Mehidi, Ismail Nouioua, Ines Kahoul 
    Abstract: This article is indicated for the assessment of the groundwater quality of the karst aquifer of Cherea, Northeast of Algeria by the use of the Water Quality Index (WQI). Ten samples are taken from different areas of the basin depending on the geological variation of the soil. The analyses are carried out for 12 physico-chemical parameters, in which 10 parameters used for the determination of WQI. The analyses results show that most of the samples have acceptable contents of these parameters, according to the standards of the Algerian Ministry of Water Resources (2011) and WHO (2016). The WQI results indicate 40% of checked points have a good quality, 40% have a fair quality and 20% have a poor quality. This poor quality is equivalent to the high levels of Nitrates that exceed the standards. In general, the WQI for the collected samples varies between 32.16 and 91.4.
    Keywords: Groundwater quality; Water Quality Index; Cherea plain; Physico chemical analysis; ground water; Karst aquifer.

  • Determination of the height of the vertical filter for heterogeneous Earth dams with vertical clay core   Order a copy of this article
    by Saeid Salehi-Hafshejani, Mohammad Shayannejad, Hossein Samadi-Broujeni, Ali-Reza Zarraty, Bahareh Soltani, Elham Mohri-Esfahani, Majedeh Haeiri-Hamedani, Saeid Eslamian, Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari 
    Abstract: In order to determine the height of the filter in heterogeneous Earth dam, three embankment models were provided in a flume laboratory, with the length of 4.2 m at the base of dam, the width of 60 cm and the height of 1 m and body slope 1H: 2V. In the first model, the fine-grained and coarse-grained soils were used in downstream and upstream of the dam crest respectively. In models 2 and 3 with cutting fine grained soil from the toe of the dam to the dam crest, vertical clay core was replaced. Index of a / L (a thickness of clay core and L is the length of base dam) was 1.7 and 1.10 in the second and third models, respectively. Seepage experiments in tree water height of 80 and 55 and 30 were performed.
    Keywords: model of heterogeneous Earth dam; height of filter; thickness of the clay core; software PLAXIS V8.5.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023959
  • Application of non-parametric regression in estimating missing daily rainfall data   Order a copy of this article
    by Rachel Makungo, John Ogony Odiyo 
    Abstract: Most daily rainfall time series data are too short and/or possess missing records hindering them to perform reliable and meaningful analyses. Robust locally weighted scatter smoother non-parametric regression approach (NPR), with tricube weighting function was used to estimate missing daily rainfall data in the upper reaches of Nzhelele and Luvuvhu River Catchments in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The approach proposed in this study has not yet been widely applied for estimating missing rainfall data. Model performance ranged from acceptable to excellent. Graphical fits of observed and estimated rainfall data showed a general agreement. Scatter plots indicated that there was no definite pattern of underestimation and overestimation of peak rainfall events. Scatter points for low rainfall values were closer to the best fit line showing good agreement between observed and simulated rainfall values for most of the stations. The study showed that NPR effectively estimated missing rainfall data.
    Keywords: catchment; missing rainfall data; model performance; non-parametric; regression; time series; tricube weighting function.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023965
  • Climate modelling using ANN   Order a copy of this article
    by Mehnaza Akhter, Manzoor Ahmad Ahanger 
    Abstract: In the present study artificial neural network (ANN) model was applied to monthly temperature and precipitation data for base time (1979-2009) at four different metrological stations vis Srinagar, Pahalgam, Qazigund and Gulmarg of river Jhelum basin in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, India and the future average annual temperature and precipitation predicted up to 2100. The large scale GCM predictors were related to observed precipitation and temperature and future projections of climate were made under A1B and A2 scenario upto 21st century. At the end of the 21st century the mean annual temperature of the Jhelum river basin is predicted to increase by 1.43°C whereas the total annual precipitation is predicted to decrease substantially by 30.88% ANN technique under A1B scenario. However, for A2 scenario average annual temperature increased by 1.56°C and total annual precipitation decreased by 35.32%.
    Keywords: artificial neural network; ANN; Srinagar; Pahalgam; Qazigund; Gulmarg; scenario; temperature; precipitation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10016868
  • Comparison of perturbation methods for rainfall and temperature data: case of a Belgian catchment   Order a copy of this article
    by Yann Peltier, Benjamin Dewals, Sébastien Erpicum, Michel Pirotton, Pierre Archambeau 
    Abstract: Analyses of hydrological impacts of climate change require appropriate methods for perturbing meteoric time-series to represent future climate conditions. Two readily available tools for perturbing rainfalls and temperatures are tested for a medium-sized catchment in Belgium. CCI-HYDR provides three scenarios, tailored for Belgium every decade until 2100. In contrast, KNMI-ADC tool provides 191 scenarios, at a regional level and for two horizons (near and far future). With its three contrasted scenarios of possible future climate conditions, CCI-HYDR is found suitable for forcing computationally intensive detailed hydrological models. With its broader spectrum of climate scenarios, KNMI-ADC tool is suitable for forcing multiple runs of fast conceptual hydrological models. As the two perturbation tools deliver stationary time-series, they are also compared to an alternate method producing transient time-series. Transient stochastic tools are particularly computationally demanding due to their stochastic nature, which is not optimal when combined with detailed distributed hydrological models.
    Keywords: rainfall perturbation; climate change scenarios; hydrological modelling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023961
  • Constructing depth-area-duration curves using public domain satellite-based precipitation data   Order a copy of this article
    by Marina Patrick, Darrien Yau Seng Mah, Frederik Josep Putuhena, Yin Chai Wang, Onni Suhaiza Selaman 
    Abstract: Dense network of rain gauges are used to accurately characterise the variation of rainfall over a less than ideal region such as Sarawak, Malaysia. This research aims to develop depth-area-duration (DAD) relationships of selected rainstorm event over Sungai Sarawak basin by using public domain satellite-based precipitation data from tropical rainfall measuring mission (TRMM) product. Geographic information system (GIS) was used to manipulate the three-hourly accumulated precipitation dataset from TRMM and subsequently used to investigate spatial and temporal pattern of rainstorm. The findings suggested that rainfall depth decreases with increasing area for a given duration. This also implies that the remotely sensed information from TRMM product can be used as an alternative source of dataset to envelop rainfall DAD curves. Future work suggested would be to use the plotted DAD curves to estimate the probable maximum precipitation for the purpose of hydraulic structure designs.
    Keywords: areal rainfall; depth-area-duration; DAD; extreme rainstorm event; geographic information system; GIS; isohyets; Kriging; north-east monsoon; NEM; Sungai Sarawak basin; SSB; Thiessen polygon; tropical rainfall measuring mission; TRMM.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023960
  • Laboratory investigation for development of local scour depth model for varying shapes of obstruction   Order a copy of this article
    by Bintul Huda Mir, Mohd Akbar Lone, Javaid Ahmad Bhat 
    Abstract: This paper reports the effect of the shape of obstruction on local scour depth. Laboratory experiments were conducted on a tilting glass flume to study scour phenomenon around five obstructions of different shapes. Obstructions studied were chosen keeping in view not only the bridge piers but also some other structures, like obstructions in the flow channels, e.g., a jetty, big boulder, any building in the coastal area, etc. Maximum local equilibrium scour, a dependent parameter, was studied as a function of flow parameters and shape parameters of the obstruction. A model was developed for the maximum local scour depth estimation in which maximum local scour depth (ds) is a function of Froude number (Fr), flow depth (y) and shape factor (Sf). The experimental findings depict a considerable effect of the shape of obstruction on the local scour depth.
    Keywords: discharge; flow depth; Froude number; scour; local scour; obstructions; shapes.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023962
  • Mining industry impacts on surface water quality in south part of Armenia   Order a copy of this article
    by Marine Nalbandyan 
    Abstract: This paper deals with the quality of water of one of the tributaries of the river Araks-River Voghchi and its watershed basin. This article covers an investigation of common ions (Ca, Mg, Na, Cl, K, SO4, HCO3) and HMs (Cu, Mo, Cr, Ni, Mn, Zn, Co, Cd, Pb, Ag, Hg, As) in waters of the River Voghchi and its tributaries. The performed river water research was underpinned by monthly monitoring data for 2003-2011. The impact of pollution sources and water quality formation factors were indicated. Assessment of the river water pollution with common ions and HMs were carried out, and dominating elements were indicated. The paper is highlight pollution level of the river water for the period of unstable economy and period of their stabilisation, giving the comparative analysis of river water pollution.
    Keywords: mining industry; river water pollution; heavy metals; common ions; statistics; correlation analysis; River Voghchi, Armenia.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10023964
  • Farm dam siltation and sediment source tracing in the Zeerust Swartruggens area in the north-west of South Africa   Order a copy of this article
    by Samuel Che Nde, Munyaradzi Manjoro, Manny Mathuthu 
    Abstract: Soil erosion and dam siltation are two serious environmental problems facing farmers in South Africa. The study aimed to assess farmers' perceptions on dam siltation and strategies employed to address it, and to assess the potential of sediment source tracing in a farming area in the north-west region of South Africa. Most of the dams in the study area were severely affected by siltation and the most important strategy used to address the problem was regular mechanical removal of the accumulated sediment. In relation to sediment tracing, lead-210 (210Pb) was found to be a more effective tracer than caesium-137 (137Cs) for distinguishing between surface and subsurface sediment sources. On the other hand, magnetic susceptibility offered better distinction of the sediment sources than magnetic remanence. Mass balance modelling indicated that 100% of the sampled sediment dam 1 originated from surface sources. The results reflect the complexity of sediment mobilisation processes influenced by the nature and spatial distribution of rainfall and runoff connectivity in the catchments.
    Keywords: farm dam siltation; environmental radionuclides; environmental magnetism; sediment source tracing; mass balance modelling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHST.2019.10013030
  • Assessment of future groundwater quality using GIS for Bhimrad area of Surat City (India)   Order a copy of this article
    by Manisha D. Desai, Jayantilal N. Patel 
    Abstract: Declination of water quality has become a global issue of concern as with the growth of human population, industrial and agricultural activities expand. The Bhimrad area of Surat City (Gujarat) is highly affected by ground water pollution because of its location in the vicinity of the industrial zone. There exists a creek adjoining Arabian Sea, in which all the wastewater of the city, including that of the industrial area is discharged, thus polluting land and other sources of water in the surrounding areas. This research paper aims to analyse groundwater dilution used under the threat of pollution by identifying the prospects for improving the quality through artificial recharging that may impact groundwater quality. Calculation of percentage reduction in the groundwater quality parameters after recharging was carried out through which estimated improvement in GWQI using GIS, GWQI after recharging is analysed for the years 2015 to 2050.
    Keywords: sustainable resources; groundwater quality; water conservation; geological information system; GIS; India.

  • Monitoring and prediction of drought by Markov chain model based on SPI and new index in Isfahan   Order a copy of this article
    by Saeid Eslamian, Mahsa Jahadi 
    Abstract: Drought evaluation and associated prediction are essential for water resource management. Most of previous studies analysed and predicted drought pattern in Isfahan based on the standardised precipitation index (SPI). Due to the high evapotranspiration in Isfahan, the SPI index, which is based on precipitation alone may not be sufficient to monitor and estimate drought pattern. So, it is vital to analyse and predict drought phenomenon at this region based on the new index (standardised precipitation-evaporation index - SPEI) that considers potential evapotranspiration in addition to the precipitation. Hence drought analysis is performed based on SPI and SPEI in Isfahan. The results indicate that there is some difference between two indices. Finally, SPEI and the Markov chain model are applied to predict the drought patterns in a 30 years period in the long-term future. It is predicted that the percentage of aridity state will increase comparison with the past decade.
    Keywords: drought monitoring; drought prediction; Isfahan; Iran; Markov chain model; SPEI index; SPI index.

  • Hydrological impacts of climate change on the future streamflow of three unregulated catchments of the Australian hydrologic reference stations   Order a copy of this article
    by Hashim Isam Jameel Al-Safi, Priyantha Ranjan Sarukkalige 
    Abstract: A physically-based distributed hydrological model (BTOPMC) is adopted to assess the impact of climate-change on the hydrological-behaviour of three-contributing catchments of the Australian hydrologic reference stations (HRSs). Both historical and future streamflow trends are compared and discussed. Firstly, the BTOPMC-model was calibrated and validated based on the observed hydro-meteorological data from the three-catchments. The calibrated BTOPMC-model was then forced with the downscaled future climate signals from a multi-model ensemble of eight-GCMs of the CMIP5 under the RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 scenarios to simulate the future daily streamflow at the three-HRSs for the mid (2046-2065) and late (2080-2099) of the 21st-century. Nearly all GCMs predict a reduction-tendency in mean-annual rainfall and an increase in temperature and potential-evapotranspiration across the studied catchments. The mean annual-streamflow also shows reductiontendencies during the future-periods ranged between 26%-53% at Dingo-Road HRS, 10%-25% at Haystack-HRS and 6%-33% at Coggan-HRS relative to the control-run.
    Keywords: climate change; hydrologic reference stations; HRSs; physically-based simulation modelling; BTOPMC model; CMIP5; Australia.

  • Estimating root zone soil moisture using multilayer feedforward neural networks based on Levenberg-Maquardt and scaled conjugate gradient algorithms   Order a copy of this article
    by John Ogony Odiyo, Rachel Makungo 
    Abstract: This paper presents the use of multilayer feedforward neural networks for root zone soil moisture estimation based on Levenberg-Maquardt (LM) and scaled conjugate gradient (SCG) algorithms. Data driven approaches such as artificial neural networks overcome some limitations of remote sensing, conceptual and semi-analytical models in root zone soil moisture estimation. This creates the need to compare neural networks training algorithms to determine those with best estimation accuracy. Observed volumetric soil moisture at 80 cm depth, rainfall and evaporation data were used to estimate soil moisture at 120 and 180 cm depths, within MATLAB. SCG trained network underestimated and/or overestimated soil moisture as compared to LM trained network. LM trained network has better performance and estimation accuracy. Estimated soil moisture is useful for irrigation scheduling, hydrological modelling, and groundwater recharge estimation in the study area.
    Keywords: algorithm; estimation accuracy; Levenberg-Maquardt; multilayer feedforward; neural networks; root zone; scaled conjugate gradient; SCG; soil moisture.

  • Prediction of discharge coefficient of combined weir-gate using ANN, ANFIS and SVM   Order a copy of this article
    by Abbas Parsaie, Amir Hamzeh Haghiabi, Samad Emamgholizadeh, Hazi Mohammad Azamathulla 
    Abstract: Flow measurement is an important issue for developing the water conservation projects and evaluating the performance of irrigation and drainage networks. Weirs and gates are the most common structures which have been widely used for flow measurement. The main defects related them are deposition of suspended matter behind the weirs and accumulation of floating matter on water behind the gates, respectively. Therefore, the weir-gate structure has been proposed to solve them infirmities. In this study, predicting the discharge coefficient of weir-gate was considered using the artificial neural network (ANN), support vector machine (SVM) and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems (ANFIS). For this purpose, the related dataset were collected from the literature. Assessing the performance of three models show that all of them have suitable accuracy, however, the SVM model with a coefficient of determination (R2 = 0.94) and root mean square of error (RMSE = 0.008) has the best performance in comparison with others. During the preparation of SVM it was found that the radial basic function as kernel function has best performance among the tested kernel functions. Sensitivity analysis of applied models showed that the ANN is the most sensitive model in comparison with others.
    Keywords: flow measurement; hydraulic efficiency; irrigation and drainage networks; ANFIS.