Impacts of climate change on hydrological regime and water resources management of the Koshi River Basin, Nepal

Impacts of climate change on hydrological regime and water resources management of the Koshi River Basin, Nepal

This assessment is made of the hydrological regime of the middle hilly region of the Koshi River Basin in Nepal under climate change.

The study found that climate change does not pose major threat on average water availability. However, temporal flow variations are expected to increase in the future. The magnitude of projected flow for given return periods, however, strongly depends on the climate model run considered. A relation was derived to estimate projected flood flow as a function of return period and flow estimated from historical series. Amidst the uncertainties, these predictions provide reasonable insight for re-consideration of design standards or design values of hydraulic structures under climate change.

[Adapted from source]

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