University of Calcutta, kolkata, West Bengal, India
Received date: May 14, 2016; Accepted date: May 30, 2016; Published date: May 31, 2016
Citation: Rajbanshi J (2016) Estimation of Runoff Depth and Volume Using NRCSCN Method in Konar Catchment (Jharkhand, India). J Civil Environ Eng 6:236. doi:10.4172/2165-784X.1000236
Copyright: © 2016 Rajbanshi J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Accurate estimation of runoff depth and volume is an important task for proper watershed management. Rainfall generated runoff is not only dependent on the intensity, duration and the distribution of rainfall, but also soil type, vegetation, and land use types have significant effects on the runoff pattern. The present study aims to determine the runoff depth and volume using Natural Resource Conservation Service Curve Number (NRCS-CN) method. The study was carried out in Konar catchment located in Jharkhand, India. The land use/land cover map, soil map were prepared in GIS environment. The NRCS- curve number method was followed to estimate the runoff depth for selected rainfall events in the catchment. The result showed that the average volume of surface runoff from 2000 to 2009 for Konar catchment was 71510.76 m3 which represents only 6.3% of the annual average rainfall. Statistically positive correlation (R2=0.53) have found between rainfall and runoff depth. The present study reveals that NRCS-CN method with integration of GIS and remote sensing technology can effectively be used to estimate the runoff in an ungauged river catchment with similar hydrological characteristics.
Successful water resource management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available in the watershed area. It plays a vital role for economic and social development of the nations. Accurate estimation of runoff generated by rainfall is an essential as well as important task for proper watershed management such as flood control and its management, design of irrigation and drainage network, hydropower generation etc. Rainfall generated runoff is dependent on the intensity, duration and the distribution of rainfall event. Apart from the rainfall characteristics, there are certain catchment specific factors which have direct impacts on the volume of surface runoff. There are several methods available to estimate the surface runoff in an ungauged river catchment such as Artificial Neural Network (ANN), SCS Curve number model, Geomorphological Instantaneous unit hydrograph (GIUH) etc. Among these methods SCS curve number (also called Natural Resource Conservation Service Curve Number (NRCS-CN) method is widely used because of its simplicity. Conventional SCS curve number method for runoff estimation is very time consuming and error prone. Thus integration of GIS and remote sensing technology in NRCS-CN model is increasingly used. Many researchers have successfully utilized the GIS and remote sensing techniques to estimate curve number throughout the world. Gajbhiya and Mishra  pointed out that Remote Sensing and GIS is very reliable techniques for the preparation of most of the input data required by SCS curve number method. Ahmed and Verma  concluded that the remote sensing and GIS based SCS-CN can be effectively used to estimate the run-off from the river basins of similar geo-hydrological characteristics. Nayak et al.  found good correlation between computed runoff using SCS-CN method and observed runoff using conventional method, which shows that SCS-CN method performed well in estimating the surface runoff in the Uri Catchment (Narmada Basin, India).
The objective of the present study is to estimate the surface runoff depth using NRCS-CN method with GIS and Remote Sensing in Konar Catchment (Jharkhand, India).
The konar catchment is located at the upper Damodar Valley covering Hazaribagh and Bokaro districts of Jharkhand (India). The catchment is drained by the Konar and Siwane River which runs through a greater portion of Hazaribagh plateau. Present study area of Konar catchment extended from 23°51’ N to 85°47’E and 24° 08’N to 85° 14’E covering 934.18 sq. km and elevation varies from 420m to 900m above sea level. Topography of the Konar catchment is characterized by dissected plateau region with occasionally hill. The upland areas of the Konar catchment are mainly covered by the dense forest while the major cultivated lands are in the lower reaches. The mean annual temperature and rainfall of the region is 24°C and 1305 mm. 80% of the total rainfall occurs during monsoon season (June to September). Mainly two types of soil found in this region namely red soil and sand loamy soil. Major food crops cultivated in this region are Maize, Paddy, Wheat and various types of vegetables such as Kadu, Kohra, Bhendi, French beans etc. (Figure 1).
The present study is carried out using Survey of India (SOI) topographical maps of 1977, 1978,1982,1982,1983 with no. 73E/5, 73E/9, and 73E/13, 73H /8, 72H /12 on the scale of 1:50,000. The Topographical maps were geographically referenced, mosaiced and the study area was delineated in GIS environment with the help of ERDAS Imagin 9.0 assigning Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), World Geodetic System 1984 and 45N zone projection system. The Landsat 8 images were collected from GLOVIS portal of United States Geological Survey (USGS) to create Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) map of the study area. Daily rainfall data (2000-2009) were collected from Hazaribagh Soil Conservation training Centre, DVC. Soil map prepared by National Bureau of Soil Survey on 1: 250000 scales were used for this purpose. ArcGIS 10.2 software was used to create different layers and maps. ERDAS Imagine 9.0 software was used to create LULC map of the Catchment area (Table 1).
|A||Soils have low runoff potential and high infiltration rates even when thoroughly wetted. They consist chiefly of deep, well to excessively drained sand or gravel and have a high rate of water transmission (greater than 0.30 in/hr).|
|B||soils have moderate infiltration rates when thoroughly wetted and consist chiefly of moderately deep to deep, moderately well to well drained soils with moderately fine to moderately coarse textures. These soils have a moderate rate of water transmission (0.15- 0.30 in/hr)|
|C||Soils have low infiltration rates when thoroughly wetted and consist chiefly of soils with a layer that impedes downward movement of water and soils with moderately fine to fine texture. These soils have a low rate of water transmission (0.05-0.15 in/hr).|
|D||Soils have high runoff potential. They have very low infiltration rates when thoroughly wetted and consist chiefly of clay soils with a high swelling potential, soils with a permanent high water table, soils with a clay pan or clay layer at or near the surface, and shallow soils over nearly impervious material. These soils have a very low rate of water transmission (0-0.05 in/hr).|
|Source: Musgrave (USDA 1955)|
Table 1: The hydrological soil groups and their characteristics.
The SCS curve numbers (SCS-CN) method was developed by the Soil Conservation Service for estimating runoff volume. It is widely used to estimate runoff from small to medium sized watershed. The requirements for this method are rainfall amount and curve number. The fundamental concept is that the ratio of actual retention of rainfall to the potential maximum retention (S) is equal to the ratio of direct runoff to rainfall minus initial abstraction. The rainfall-runoff equation used by the SCS for estimating depth of direct runoff from storm rainfall is:(1)
Where: P= precipitation in millimeters (P≥Q); Q = runoff millimeters; S = potential maximum retention in millimeters; Ia = Initial abstraction.
For Indian soil condition  the above relation is modified as follows:
Ia = 0.3S
Substituting the value of Ia in the generalized runoff equation produces,(2)
The Soil Conservation Service (SCS) expressed S as a function of curve number as:(3)
Where CN is a dimensionless number ranging from 0-100 and S is in mm.
Hydrological Soil Group (HSG)
As defined by SCS soil scientists, Soils may be classified into four hydrologic groups
(A, B, C and D), (USDA ), depend on infiltration, soil classification and other characteristics.
Antecedent Moisture Condition (AMC)
Antecedent moisture condition (AMC) is an indicator of wetness and soil moisture availability prior to the storm which has a significant effect on runoff volume. Three types of AMC conditions were present in SCS based on rainfall magnitude of previous five days and season. Different types of AMC are given in Table 2.
|AMC||Total Rain in Previous 5 days|
|Dormant Season||Growing Season|
|I||Less than 12.7mm||Less than 35.6 mm|
|II||12.7 to 27.9 mm||35.6 to 53.3 mm|
|III||More than 27.9 mm||More than 53 mm|
Table 2: Different antecedent moisture condition.
Curve Number (CN)
The runoff curve number is empirical parameters which are used to predict the direct runoff. It ranges from 0 to 100. A Lower value indicates the low runoff potential while the higher value indicates the high runoff potential. The runoff curve number is based on the area’s hydrologic soil group, land use / land cover, and hydrological condition. In this paper, CN is taken from different published literature by USDA and other researchers . To convert the CN value in different antecedent moisture condition, a conversion table published by Mishra has been used in this paper. Area weighted composite curve number for different land use and hydrological soil condition is computed using the following equation .(4)
Where, CN is the Composite curve number and Ai is the area of each curve number.
Land Use and Land Cover (LULC)
Eight LULC classes were categorized in the catchment as given in the Table 3. The LULC map of Konar Catchment is shown in Figure 2.
|Land use/Land cover||Area (Km2)||Area (%)|
Table 3: Different LULC Classes.
Total 38 soil samples have been collected from the field to analyze the soil texture of the study area. Soil map prepared by National Bureau of Soil Survey of the Konar Catchment was rectified and the boundary of each soil type was digitized in ArcGIS 10.2. According to soil texture analysis result, the soils of Konar Catchment are mainly Silt loam, Sandy loam, Clay loam and Loamy types. On the basis of the soil texture, the corresponding hydrological group was assigned to each soil types of the study area. The soil of the study area comes under the hydrological soil group A and B. Hydrological soil map of the Konar catchment is shown in Figure 3 and Table 4.
|AMC II||AMC I||AMC III||AMC II||AMC I||AMC III|
Table 4: Conversion table for three AMC.
To create the curve number for each classified area, the hydrological soil group, and LULC data were uploaded in ArcGis 10.2. By applying expression in GIS environment, the curve number for each classified area has been determined. The curve number for each area is presented in Table 5. Composite curve number was determined using the equation no (IV). The composite curve number of the study area is 59 for AMCII (normal antecedent moisture condition) [7-10]. Curve number for other two conditions, AMCI (dry antecedent moisture condition) and AMCIII (wet antecedent moisture condition) were determined using the conversion Table 6 and is shown in Table 7.
Table 5: CN for three antecedent moisture condition.
|Land use/Land cover||Soil Group||Curve Number (CN)||Area (Km2)|
Table 6: CN values for different classes condition.
|Year||Months||Day||Rainfall (mm)||Antecedent Rainfall (mm)||AMC||Curve Number (CN)||Surface Retention (S)||Runoff depth|
Table 7: Example of daily rainfall runoff depth calculation for the study area.
Estimation of runoff depth
Using equation number (II) and (III) with rainfall data, daily runoff depth of the catchment were derived. The runoff depth is taken as 0 for the rainfall events which intensity is less than 0.3 S. The result of the daily runoff depth is shown in Table 8 as an example.
|Year||Rainfall (mm)||Runoff (mm)||Runoff (%)||Volume (m3)|
Table 8: Runoff depth and runoff volume values (2000-2009).
The runoff depth and volume for each rainfall event for the years 2000-2009 is shown in Table 8. The average annual rainfall and runoff for 10 years (2000-2009) in Konar catchment was 1212.97 mm and 76.55 mm. The average volume of surface runoff is 71510.76 m3 which represents 6.31% of the annual average rainfall (Figure 4). The relationship between rainfall and runoff-depth is shown in Figure 4 which shows that there is a positive relationship (R2 = 0.5349) exists between runoff depth and rainfall .
The NRSC-CN model with integrated remote sensing and GIS methodology has successfully applied for the estimation of runoff depth and volume in Konar catchment. Based on the result of the soil analysis, land use and land cover, the study area has divided into two hydrological soil groups. The composite curve number for the normal condition is 59 whereas for wet and dry conditions are 77 and 39. The average volume of surface runoff of the Konar Catchment is 71510.76 m3 which represents only 6.31% of the annual average rainfall. The positive correlation is found between rainfall and runoff (R=0.53). The result could not be compared to the measured runoff value due to the lack of daily runoff data from the catchment.
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