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J. H. Kelaiya H. D. Rank D. K. Dwivedi

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Morphometric analysis is one of the important aspects of quantitative geomorphology which is primarily used to study the geometrical aspects of the landforms. The study was undertaken with the objectives of evaluating morphometric characteristic and prioritizing the watersheds of Bhadar basin based on its morphometric characteristics.  Linear, relief and aerial aspects were calculated for watershed characterization. The watersheds were ranked on the basis of high values of linear parameters and low values of shape parameters. A total of 16 watersheds 5G1B1, 5G1B2, 5G1B3, 5G1B4, 5G1B5, 5G1B6, 5G1B7, 5G1B8, 5G1B9, 5G1B10, 5G1B11, 5G1B12, 5G1B13, 5G1B14, 5G1B15 and 5G1B16 were identified in the Bhadar basin and morphometric characteristic of each watershed was determined. Highest priority indicated the greater degree of erosion in the particular watershed and it therefore priority should be given in applying soil conservation measures. It was concluded that the watershed 5G1B15 should be given highest priority because of higher erosion problems over other watersheds of Bhadar basin while 5G1B4 should be given the least priority.

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Keywords

Geographic Information System, Morphometric characteristics, Prioritization, Watershed

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Kelaiya, J. H., Rank, H. D., & Dwivedi, D. K. (2019). Evaluation of morphometric characteristics and watershed prioritization of Bhadar basin of Saurashtra region, Gujarat. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 11(2), 273-280. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v11i2.2032
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