International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology
Citation: IJAEB: 8(1): 37-48 March 2015
DOI Number: 10.5958/2230-732X.2015.00005.4
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Temporal variation of rainfall trends in parambikulam aliyar
sub basin, Tamil Nadu
R. Vinoth Kumar 1 * and I. Muthuchamy 2
1,2 *Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Agricultural Engineering College and
Research Institute, Coimbatore – 641 003, Tamil Nadu, India.
*Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper No. 289
Received: 18 November 2014
Accepted: 10 February 2014
Published: 24 April 2015
Identification of temporal variation of rainfall trends provides useful information for sustainable
planning and management of water resources in a river basin particularly during flood and drought
periods. The present study was conducted to determine trends in the annual and seasonal total rainfall
over Parambikulam Aliyar sub basin of Tamil Nadu using 30 years (1982-2012) monthly rainfall data at
eight rain-gauge stations. The procedure is based on the nonparametric Mann-Kendall test for the trend
and the nonparametric Sen’s method for the magnitude of the trend. The maximum increase in rainfall
was found at Chinnakallar with an annual rainfall of 90.51 mm/year and the maximum reduction in
rainfall of -8.60 mm/year was found at Topslip during South West monsoon. Significant positive trend
were observed at Weaverly station during North East monsoon rainfall series and significant negative
trend has been noticed in the South West monsoon of Topslip.
Positive trends were observed in most of the rain-gauge stations for all rainfall series except South
West monsoon season.
Rainfall trends determined by Mann-Kendall test reflected in the linear regression analysis.
Keywords: Rainfall trend, Mann-Kendall test, Sen’s slope estimator, Regression.
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