Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 69, Issue 8, pp 2643–2656

Prioritization of Malesari mini-watersheds through morphometric analysis: a remote sensing and GIS perspective

  • Dhruvesh P. Patel
  • Chintan A. Gajjar
  • Prashant K. Srivastava
Original Article


Geographical information system and remote sensing are proven to be an efficient tool for locating water harvesting structures by prioritization of mini-watersheds through morphometric analysis. In this study, the morphometric analysis and prioritization of ten mini-watersheds of Malesari watershed, situated in Bhavnagar district of Saurashtra region of Gujarat state, India, are studied. For prioritization of mini-watersheds, morphometric analysis is utilized by using the linear parameters such as bifurcation ratio, drainage density, stream frequency, texture ratio, and length of overland flow and shape parameters such as form factor, shape factor, elongation ratio, compactness constant, and circularity ratio. The different prioritization ranks are assigned after evaluation of the compound factor. Digital elevation model from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, digitized contour, and other thematic layers like drainage order, drainage density, and geology are created and analyzed over ArcGIS 9.1 platform. Combining all thematic layers with soil and slope map, the best feasibility of positioning check dams in mini-watershed has been proposed, after validating the sites through the field surveys.


Watershed GIS Remote sensing Morphometric analysis Prioritization 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dhruvesh P. Patel
    • 1
  • Chintan A. Gajjar
    • 2
  • Prashant K. Srivastava
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringDr Jivraj Mehta Institute of TechnologyAnandIndia
  2. 2.Water Resources ManagementS.S. Engineering CollegeBhavnagarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Civil Engineering, Water and Environment Management Research CentreUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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