The young Himalayas have a serious problem of soil erosion and consequent sedimentation in river reaches downstream. The study revealed the high rates of sedimentation in Chenab basin and its effect on an existing reservoir. Correct estimation of sediment yield at any given point in space and time is of vital importance for water resources development and management. In the present study data of 17 to 27 years were used to develop statistically significant spatial models to estimate sediment yield in the Chenab basin (22,000 km2) using geomorphological, climatic and landuse parameters. The sediment yield was estimated for total and fine sediment for monsoon, premonsoon seasons and the year.
- Received April 2, 1996.
- Revision received October 1, 1996.
- Accepted February 24, 1997.
- © IWA Publishing 1997