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Impacts of land-use and climate variability on hydrological components in the Johor River basin, Malaysia

Tan, Mou Leong and Ibrahim, Ab. Latif and Yusop, Zulkifli and Duan, Zheng and Ling, Lloyd (2015) Impacts of land-use and climate variability on hydrological components in the Johor River basin, Malaysia. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 60 (5). pp. 873-889. ISSN 0262-6667

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2014.967246

Abstract

This study aims to investigate separate and combined impacts of land-use and climate variability on hydrological components in the Johor River Basin (JRB), Malaysia. The Mann-Kendall and Sen’s slope tests were applied to detect the trends in precipitation, temperature and streamflow of the JRB. The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) was calibrated and validated using measured monthly streamflow data. The validation results showed that SWAT was reliable in the tropical JRB. The trend analysis showed that there was an insignificant increasing trend for streamflow, whereas significant increasing trends for precipitation and temperature were found. The combined (climate + land-use change) impact caused the annual streamflow and evaporation to increase by 4.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Climate (land-use) raised annual streamflow by 4.4% (0.06%) and evaporation by 2.2% (-0.2%). Climate change imposed a stronger impact than land-use change on the streamflow and evaporation. These findings are useful for decision makers to develop better water and land-use policies

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:evaporation, hydrology
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions:Geoinformation and Real Estate
ID Code:55667
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:26 Sep 2016 08:44
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 09:54

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