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University of KwaZulu-Natal (2001)

Modelling streamflow and sediment yield on the lower Mgeni catchment

Singh, Michael Lutchman

Titre : Modelling streamflow and sediment yield on the lower Mgeni catchment

Auteur : Singh, Michael Lutchman.

Université de soutenance : University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2001

Résumé partiel
This study involves the application of the ACRU Agrohydrological Model to a selected study catchment in the Lower Mgeni Catchment, and its discretized subcatchments, immediately downstream of the Inanda Dam. This study was initiated on the assumption that the Inanda Dam, which came into operation in 1989, would have significant impacts on the downstream (Lower Mgeni) hydrology, geomorphology and ecology. The overall aim of this study, to set up and run the ACRU model for the delimited study catchment, was successfully accomplished. This aspect of the study involved firstly, the setting up of an input database for each distributed catchment within the catchment ; secondly, the processes and techniques used to translate data into hydrological information ; and finally the "running" of the hydrological model, which in turn "drives" the system and simulates the catchment hydrology. Specific objectives of the study entailed the simulation of hydrology, which focussed on simulated runoff and streamflow ; and sediment yield responses of the subcatchments and the total study catchment of the Lower Mgeni, with respect to gross volumes and sediment yield rates produced. The streamflow results reported indicated a season of "Iow" flow, with a monthly flowrate ranging from 1155m3s-1 to 2735m3s-1 , from April to September ; and is identified and distinguished from the period of "high" flowrate, ranging from approximately 483m3s-1 to 1747m3s-1 , for the remaining months of the year. The mean annual volume for the delimited subcatchment is 22 278.5 million m3 , exceeding the annual volume required to maintain riverine and estuarine ecology, which according to DWAF (1990) is 18.5 million m3 . The simulated results of sediment yield indicate that Subcatchment 3 and 4 have the lowest sediment yield rates of 32.3 t km-2 a-1 and 32.6 t km-2 a-1 , respectively. Subcatchment 2 has the highest yield rate at the value of 617 t km-2 a-1 , while subcatchment 1 has a rate of 53.2 t km-2 a-1 . Annual sediment production in the Lower Mgeni subcatchment is 10 855.1 tons per annum with respect to gross mass, resulting in a sediment yield rate of 73.8 t km-2 a-1 .

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