Evaluation of future trends of characteristics change of hydrological regime of rivers of the Southern Buh basin in the winter period

Authors: Rachmatullina E. R., Grebin V. V.

Year: 2017

Issue: 20

Pages: 91-98


Introduction. Climate changes occurring in recent decades determine the relevance of the problem of forecasting such changes in future both globally and regionally. After all, knowledge of climate’s behavior in future is very important when carrying out an analysis of trends of hydrological characteristics change. Significant increase of the global surface air temperature observed since the end of the 20th century is mainly caused by increase of concentration of greenhouse gases generated as a result of industrial activity. Thus, climate changes could not but affect the continental water resources and in particular the processes taking place in rivers.

Purpose. Assessment of change of surface air layer during the winter period within the Southern Buh Basin and assessment of change of the hydrological regime of the basin’s rivers following the changes of air temperature.

Methods of research. This study is based on the data for the winter period obtained from 24 hydrological station and 15 meteorological stations within the Southern Buh River Basin. With as-sistance of scientists of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute and using the regional climate model REMO for A1B scenario forecast values of air temperature were calculated.

Results of research. The main regularities of studied characteristics change for the period of 2031-2050 were determined on the basis of prepared calculation dependences of the characteristics of ice and thermal regimes of the studied basin’s rivers and obtained forecast values of air temperature. According to the climatologists’ calculations there is a tendency of air temperature increase during the forecast period, and, respectively, increase of water temperature and decrease of ice period duration of the rivers within the Southern Buh Basin.
Summary (conclusions and author’s recommendations). The results of the carried out research indicate the fact that the trend of increase of surface air layer temperature and change of main characteristics of ice and thermal regimes of the basin’s rivers formed at the end of 20th – the beginning of the 21th century will develop in future.

Tags: climatic changes; hydrological regime; ice regime; the Southern Bug; thermal regime; winter period


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