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Identifying the impact of tidal level variation on river basin flooding


  • Gunathilaka, M. D. E. K.
  • Wikramanayake, W. A. L.
  • Perera, D. N. D.


Different parts of Sri Lanka are regularly subjected to a wide range of natural disasters, of which floods are most common. When severe, flooding can decrease the economic and social development of the country and the Government of Sri Lanka has to spend huge amounts of money each year to address such problems. Floods occur mostly because of heavy rainfall combined with human-induced factors in the catchment areas. In this project, tidal level variation is considered as a factor for floods in the river basins. The tidal level changes periodically due to the gravitational attraction from the sun and the moon and the centrifugal force of the earth’s rotation. This project studied the relationship between changes in tide and river water level in the mouth of the Kelani River. Tidal data was collected from the Colombo Harbor, and water level data and river flow data was obtained from the Nagalagam Street gauge and Hanwella gauge. It was found that there is a direct relationship between tidal level and flood level in the river mouth area. Therefore, it is proposed that tidal level variations be considered in order to make accurate flood predictions in the river mouth areas.Length: pp.119-126

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  • Gunathilaka, M. D. E. K. & Wikramanayake, W. A. L. & Perera, D. N. D., 2010. "Identifying the impact of tidal level variation on river basin flooding," Conference Papers h042864, International Water Management Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:iwt:conppr:h042864

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