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Building Block Methodology Assisted Knowledge-Based System for Environmental-Flow Assessment of Suswa River of Dehradun Dist., India: A Reminiscent Framework

Author Affiliations

  • 1Deptt of Health, Safety and Environment, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun – 248007, UK, INDIA
  • 2Deptt of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun – 248007, UK, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 74-80, December,22 (2013)

Abstract

Water is one of the most important natural resources for life, but unfortunately is at a continual depletion, threatened by industrialization, urbanization, deforestation and modern agricultural practices. Suswa, the tributary of Song, is a historic river dotted with ancient inhabitations and villages situated on the northern boundary of the Rajaji National Park. Increased urbanization and unplanned infrastructure have deteriorated the water quality as well as quantity of the river. Huge quantities of untreated sewage continuously passing in it has drastically disturbed the local ecosystem, and greatly deteriorated the minimum flow. There is a pronounced need to put in efforts towards maintaining a minimum flow of the river for sustaining biodiversity and other purposes. Thus, this makes environmental flow assessment and management to be taken up at priority. The present paper recommends and provisions the development of a building-block methodology assisted knowledge-based system for e-flow assessment and management for Suswa river of Dehradun district. The building block methodology works on the principle of drawing post-analysis recommendations from specialist groups such as hydrologists, geo-morphologists, water quality experts, sociologists, environmentalists and information technology experts. The given inputs assist the knowledge-based system in putting forward cumulative findings (assessment), recommendations drawn thereof, measures to be taken and advice, for maintenance of minimum flow with objective of maintaining quality and quantity of the river.

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