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Probable maximum precipitation estimation for catchments in Mahanadi river basin

Chavan, Sagar Rohidas and Srinivas, VV (2015) Probable maximum precipitation estimation for catchments in Mahanadi river basin. In: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WATER RESOURCES, COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING (ICWRCOE'15), MAR 11-14, 2015, Natl Inst Technol Karnataka, Mangaluru, INDIA, pp. 892-899.

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Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) is a theoretical concept that is widely used by hydrologists to arrive at estimates for probable maximum flood (PMF) that find use in planning, design and risk assessment of high-hazard hydrological structures such as flood control dams upstream of populated areas. The PMP represents the greatest depth of precipitation for a given duration that is meteorologically possible for a watershed or an area at a particular time of year, with no allowance made for long-term climatic trends. Various methods are in use for estimation of PMP over a target location corresponding to different durations. Moisture maximization method and Hershfield method are two widely used methods. The former method maximizes the observed storms assuming that the atmospheric moisture would rise up to a very high value estimated based on the maximum daily dew point temperature. On the other hand, the latter method is a statistical method based on a general frequency equation given by Chow. The present study provides one-day PMP estimates and PMP maps for Mahanadi river basin based on the aforementioned methods. There is a need for such estimates and maps, as the river basin is prone to frequent floods. Utility of the constructed PMP maps in computing PMP for various catchments in the river basin is demonstrated. The PMP estimates can eventually be used to arrive at PMF estimates for those catchments. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Series.: Aquatic Procedia
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, SARA BURGERHARTSTRAAT 25, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Keywords: Hershfield method; Moisture maximization method; PMF; PMP
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:23
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 09:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51665

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