Recent changes of water discharge and sediment load in the Yellow River basin, China

Chiyuan Miao, Jinren Ni*, Alistair G. L. Borthwick

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Yellow River basin contributes approximately 6% of the sediment load from all river systems globally, and the annual runoff directly supports 12% of the Chinese population. As a result, describing and understanding recent variations of water discharge and sediment load under global change scenarios are of considerable importance. The present study considers the annual hydrologic series of the water discharge and sediment load of the Yellow River basin obtained from 15 gauging stations (10 mainstream, 5 tributaries). The Mann-Kendall test method was adopted to detect both gradual and abrupt change of hydrological series since the 1950s. With the exception of the area draining to the Upper Tangnaihai station, results indicate that both water discharge and sediment load have decreased significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-561
Number of pages21
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

Keywords

  • climate change
  • discharge
  • human activity
  • reservoir
  • sediment load
  • Yellow River
  • PAST 50 YEARS
  • LOESS PLATEAU
  • YANGTZE-RIVER
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • TREND ANALYSIS
  • UNITED-STATES
  • SOIL-EROSION
  • VARIABILITY
  • RUNOFF
  • DELTA

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