The Brahmaputra Basin Water Resources

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Vijay Singh, Nayan Sharma, C. Shekhar P. Ojha
Springer Science & Business Media, 29.02.2004 - 613 Seiten
The Brahmaputra River is a precious gift of Nature to India and especially to its northeast region. The meaning of this gift becomes evident immediately when one considers the vastness of water resources which the Brahmaputra River basin possesses. Nearly 30% of India's water resources potential and 41% of the country's total hydropower potential are found in this basin. In terms of the average discharge, the Brahmaputra River is the fifth largest river in the world. Traversing a distance of about 2,900 kilometers from Tibet at an elevation of 5,150 meters to the Bay of Bengal and draining an area of nearly 1. 6 million square kilometres shared by Tibet, India and Bangladesh, it has shaped the social, economic, cultural, religious, political, and linguistic fabric of the northeast region of India from time immemorial. Its majestic disposition is nothing short of poetic. The northeast region has a colourful ethnic and non-ethnic population and represents almost a miniature India. Its biodiversity of flora and fauna and other natural ecosystems is unsurpassable. The northeast region of India is endowed with enormous natural resources and the huge potential of the Brahmaputra River basin. These resources notwithstanding, this part of India remains woefully underdeveloped. The current state of low development of the northeast region can arguably be attributed to a multitude of factors.
 

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INTRODUCTION
12
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
17
HYDROMETEOROLOGY
24
SOILS AND AGRICULTURE
35
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER SYSTEM
72
FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY
88
HYDROGEOLOGY
113
HYDROLOGY
139
FINANCIAL CONSTRAINT IN ASSAM
326
SOCIETY IN THE BRAHMAPUTRA VALLEY
336
ECOLOGY
351
WETLANDS AND THEIR ROLE IN GEOECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT
366
WATER QUALITY MINERAL TRANSPORT AND SEDIMENT BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
376
CROPPING SYSTEMS
401
GROUND WATER DEVELOPMENT
411
IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT
419

CHANNEL PROCESSES
196
SPATIOTEMPORAL MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES
214
MATHEMATICAL MODELLING AND BRAID INDICATORS
229
HYDRAULIC STRUCTURES
261
SCOUR AROUND SPURS AT GUMI SITE
274
WATER RESOURCES PLANNING
299
BRAHMAPUTRA FLOODING PROBLEMS FOR ADMINISTRATION AND PROSPECTS
309
THE BRAHMAPUTRA IN ASSAMS ECONOMY
321
DEVELOPMENT OF POWER
436
NAVIGATION DEVELOPMENT
473
TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURAL SCENARIO
520
FLOOD MANAGEMENT
535
REMOTE SENSING AND GIS IN FLOOD MANAGEMENT
559
SEISMOTECTONICS AND EARTHQUAKE DESIGN PARAMETERS
578
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