The Role of Multiple Level Hydrologic Analysis in Watershed Management—A Case Study in Trinidad

by Gyan S. Shrivastava, Univ of the West Indies, Dep of, Civil Engineering, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties


An accurate estimation of peak flood flows and its correlation with existing and future land use are basic requirements for the scientific management of Watersheds. An accurate estimation of peak flood flows, however, is a difficult problem in a developing country, such as Trinidad and Tobago, where hydrologic data, especially streamflows, are often either non-existent or are of a very short duration. In such situations the use of Multiple Level Hydrologic Analysis provides a methodology for considerably increasing the accuracy of peak flood flow estimates. The paper describes the application of this methodology to the Cunupia River Watershed in Trinidad and explains, how the greater accuracy of estimates obtained contributed to the improved land use planning.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Hydrologic models | Watersheds | Hydrologic data | Correlation | Flow duration | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Trinidad and Tobago | Caribbean

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