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Precipitation trends in the Kalu Ganga basin in Sri Lanka


AD Ampitiyawatta ,

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Shenglian Guo

State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, CN
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Kalu Ganga basin is one of the most important river basins in Sri Lanka which receives very high rainfalls and has higher discharges. Due to its hydrological and topographical characteristics, the lower flood plain suffers from frequent floods and it affects socio-economic profile greatly. During the past several years, many researchers have investigated climatic changes of main river basins of the country, but no studies have been done on climatic changes in Kalu Ganga basin. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate precipitation trends in Kalu Ganga basin. Annual and monthly precipitation trends were detected with Mann-Kendall statistical test. Negative trends of annual precipitation were found in all the analyzed rainfall gauging stations. As an average, -0.98 trend with the annual rainfall reduction of 12.03 mm/year was found. April and August were observed to have strong decreasing trends. July and November displayed strong increasing trends. In conclusion, whole the Kalu Ganga basin has a decreasing trend of annual precipitation and it is clear that slight climatic changes may have affected the magnitude and timing of the precipitation within the study area

Key words: Kalu Ganga basin; precipitation; trend; Mann-Kendall statistical test.

DOI: 10.4038/jas.v4i1.1641

The Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2009, vol. 4, no. 1 pp.10-18

How to Cite: Ampitiyawatta, A. and Guo, S., 2010. Precipitation trends in the Kalu Ganga basin in Sri Lanka. Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka, 4(1), pp.10–18. DOI:
Published on 12 Mar 2010.
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