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Hydrological analysis of extreme rainfall events and severe rainstorms over Uttarakhand, India

Nandargi, S and Gaur, A and Mulye, SS (2016) Hydrological analysis of extreme rainfall events and severe rainstorms over Uttarakhand, India. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61 (12). pp. 2145-2163.

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Abstract

Following the June 2013 disaster in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, many discussions are ongoing with regard to how climate change is seeking revenge on mankind by endowing us with disasters! The event was mostly linked with the occurrence of an extreme event due to climate change. In view of this, an attempt has been made in this paper to analyse the extreme rainfall events experienced by the Uttarakhand during 1901–2013 using more than 100 stations’ daily rainfall data. The study revealed that during the 113-year period, the highest numbers of extreme events were recorded during the decade 1961–1970, and to some extent in the decade 1981–1990. Thereafter, there is a decrease in extreme rainfall events. The comparative study of extreme events prior to 1901 showed that on 17–18 September 1880, a rainstorm which occurred in close vicinity to Uttarakhand caused serious floods and damage to lives and properties. The extreme rainfall recorded by some stations during this unprecedented rainstorm has not been surpassed to date.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords: extreme rainfall events;rainstorm;flood disasters; Uttarakhand;India
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 10:48
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/4340

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