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The mountain-lowland debate: Deforestation and sediment transport in the upper Ganga catchment

Wasson, Robert J., Juyal, N., Jaiswal, M., Mcculloch, M., Sarin, M. M., Jain, V., Srivastava, P. and Singhvi, A. K. (2008). The mountain-lowland debate: Deforestation and sediment transport in the upper Ganga catchment. Journal of Environmental Management,88(1):53-61.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78220353xPUB23
Title The mountain-lowland debate: Deforestation and sediment transport in the upper Ganga catchment
Author Wasson, Robert J.
Juyal, N.
Jaiswal, M.
Mcculloch, M.
Sarin, M. M.
Jain, V.
Srivastava, P.
Singhvi, A. K.
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 88
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1095-8630   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-42649097283
Start Page 53
End Page 61
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 0406 - Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The Himalaya-Gangetic Plain region is the iconic example of the debate about the impact on lowlands of upland land use change. Some of the scientific aspects of this debate are revisited by using new techniques to examine the role of deforestation in erosion and river sediment transport. The approach is whole-of-catchment, combining a history of deforestation with a history of sediment sources from well before deforestation. It is shown that deforestation had some effect on one very large erosional event in 1970, in the Alaknanda subcatchment of the Upper Ganga catchment, but that both deforestation and its effects on erosion and sediment transport are far from uniform in the Himalaya. Large magnitude erosional events occur for purely natural reasons. The impact on the Gangetic Plain of erosion caused by natural events and land cover change remains uncertain.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.01.046   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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