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Impact Of Channel Incision On Floods: A Case Study In The South-Eastern Subcarpathians (Romania)

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Despite numerous researches on river channel incision, there are fewer studies on the impact of channel adjustments on floods. This paper aims to investigate channel adjustments and to analyse their impact on the frequency of floods by estimating the return period of the bankfull discharge of the Prahova River in the South-Eastern Subcarpathians (Romania). The study is based on the analysis of the maximum annual discharges and cross-section profiles of the Prahova River at Câmpina gauging station (1976–2015). To estimate the return period of the bankfull discharge, the log Pearson III distribution was used. Overall, the maximum depth and the cross-section area at the bankfull stage increased during the analysed period, indicating channel incision and lateral stability. The bankfull discharge of 1976 could be reached every year and the one of 2015 could occur almost every 5 years. Therefore, due to channel incision and increased channel capacity, overflowing the bankfull stage is a less frequent hazard on the Prahova River at Câmpina gauging station. River management appears to maintain this situation as no measure is taken to decrease channel incision.

About the Authors

Gabriela Ioana-Toroimac
University of Bucharest

Faculty of Geography

1 Nicolae Bălcescu, 010041, Bucharest

Liliana Zaharia
University of Bucharest

Faculty of Geography

1 Nicolae Bălcescu, 010041, Bucharest

Gianina Neculau
National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management

97E Șos. București-Ploiești, 013686, Bucharest

Gabriel Minea
National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management

97E Șos. București-Ploiești, 013686, Bucharest


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Ioana-Toroimac G., Zaharia L., Neculau G., Minea G. Impact Of Channel Incision On Floods: A Case Study In The South-Eastern Subcarpathians (Romania). GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2020;13(2):17-24.

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