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Title: Application of the WEPP model for prioritization and evaluation of best management practices in an Indian watershed
Authors: Pandey, Ashish
Chowdary V.M.
Mal B.C.
Billib M.
Published in: Hydrological Processes
Abstract: The pre-calibrated and validated physically based watershed model, water erosion prediction project (WEPP) was used as a modelling tool for the identification of critical watersheds and evaluation of best management practices for a small hilly watershed (Karso) of India. The land use/ cover of the study area was generated using IRS-1C LISS-III (linear imaging self scanner) satellite data. The watershed and sub-watershed boundaries, drainage, slope and soil map of the study area were generated using ARC/INFO geographic information system (GIS). The WEPP model was finally applied to the Karso watershed which lies within Damodar Barakar catchment of India to identify the critical sub-watersheds on the basis of their simulated average annual sediment yields. Priorities were fixed on the basis of ranks assigned to each critical sub-watershed based on the susceptibility to erosion. The sub-watershed having the highest sediment yield was assigned a priority number 1, the next highest value was assigned a priority number 2, and so on. Subsequently, the model was used for evaluating the effectiveness of best management practices (crop and tillage) for conservation of soil for all the sub-watersheds. On the basis of this study, it is realized that cash crops like soyabean should be encouraged in the upland portion of the sub-watersheds, and the existing tillage practice (country plough/ mould board plough) may be replaced by a field cultivation system for conservation of soil and water in the sub-watersheds. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Citation: Hydrological Processes, 23(21): 2997-3005
Issue Date: 2009
Keywords: Best management practices
Hydrological modelling
WEPP model
ISSN: 8856087
Author Scopus IDs: 55851948174
Author Affiliations: Pandey, A., Water Resources Development and Management Department, IIT, Roorkee-247 667, India
Chowdary, V.M., RRSSC, campus IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302, India
Mal, B.C., Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur 721 302, India
Billib, M., Institute of Water Resources Management Hydrology and Agricultural Hydraulic Engineering, University of Hannover, Hanover, Germany
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Corresponding Author: Pandey, A.; Water Resources Development and Management Department, , Roorkee-247 667, India; email:
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