Water Harvesting Structure Positioning by Using Geo-Visualization Concept and Prioritization of Mini-Watersheds Through Morphometric Analysis in the Lower Tapi Basin

  • Dhruvesh P Patel
  • Mrugen B Dholakia
  • N. Naresh
  • Prashant K. Srivastava
Research Article


Geo-visualization concept has been used for positioning water harvesting structures in Varekhadi watershed consisting of 26 mini watersheds, falling in Lower Tapi Basin (LTB), Surat district, Gujarat state. For prioritization of the mini watersheds, morphometric analysis was utilized by using the linear parameters such as bifurcation ratio (Rb), drainage density (Dd), stream frequency (Fu), texture ratio (T), length of overland flow (Lo) and the shape parameter such as form factor (Rf), shape factor (Bs), elongation ratio (Re), compactness constant (Cc) and circularity ratio (Rc). The different prioritization ranks were assigned after evaluation of the compound factor. 3 Dimensional (3D) Elevation Model (DEM) from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and DEM from topo contour were analyzed in ArcScene 9.1 and the fly tool was utilized for the Geo-visualization of Varekhadi mini watersheds as per the priority ranks. Combining this with soil map and slope map, the best feasibility of positioning check dams in mini-watershed no. 1, 5 and 24 has been proposed, after validation of the sites.


SRTM LTB GIS Morphometric Analysis Prioritization Geo-visualization 



The authors would like to express their sincere thanks to Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG), National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, National Resources Information System, Survey of India and Technical Bulletin- Report on Reconnaissance Soil Survey of Surat District for providing necessary data, facilities and support during the study period.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dhruvesh P Patel
    • 1
  • Mrugen B Dholakia
    • 2
  • N. Naresh
    • 3
  • Prashant K. Srivastava
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.LDRP-Institute of Technology and Research, Sector-15GandhinagarIndia
  2. 2.Water Resources ManagementLDCEAhmedabadIndia
  3. 3.RMSI LtdNoidaIndia
  4. 4.Remote Sensing Technology, Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  5. 5.Department of Biological and Environmental ScienceNVPASAnandIndia

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