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The Water Production And The Lost Forest In The "El Quelite" River Basin, México

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ENV040101

Volume

69

Pages

6

Published

2004

Size

295 kb

Author(s)

M.E. Preciado J., A.I. Ramírez O. & A.R. Ocón G.

Abstract

The water production and the lost forest in the \“El Quelite” river basin, México Instituto Mexicano De Tecnologia Del Agua, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, Colonia Progreso, C.P. 68550, Jiutepec, Morelos, México Abstract The forest is the natural lung of any region. On the one hand its presence is related to weather patterns, rain increment and evaporation reduction. On the other hand, the forest impacts quite significantly on the water production in the region. The abundance of vegetation produces more opportunities for the water infiltration. The loss of forest also leads to a loss of soil, a reduction in the time of concentration of the basin and a change in the recharge volume. This paper presents an analysis of the temporal loss of the forest of \“El Quelite” basin, located in the Mexican state of Sinaloa and its implications on the water budget taking into consideration the period of 1973 to 2000. The hydrological model of the basin was built on the HEC-HMS system. The system was properly calibrat

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