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Snowmelt contributions to discharge of the Ganges

Siderius, C, Biemans, H, Wiltshire, A, Rao, S, Franssen, WHP, Kumar, P, Gosain, AK, van Vliet, MTH and Collins, DN 2013, 'Snowmelt contributions to discharge of the Ganges' , Science of The Total Environment, 468-46 , S93-S101.

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Himalayan headwaters supply large quantities of runoff derived from snowmelt and monsoon rainfall to the Ganges River. Actual snowmelt contribution to discharge in the Ganges remains conjectural under both present and future climatic conditions. As snowmelt is likely to be perturbed through climatic warming, four hydrological models, VIC, JULES, LPJmL and SWAT, appropriate for coupling with regional climate models, were used to provide a baseline estimate of snowmelt contribution to flow at seasonal and annual timescales. The models constrain estimates of snowmelt contributions to between 1% and 5% of overall basin runoff. Snowmelt is, however, significant in spring months, a period in which other sources of runoff are scarce.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Science of The Total Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00489697
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 16:28
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 18:16

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