Project Description: 
Project Name - Hydrological modeling of Deo Nadi Basin - Phase 1


Project Background: 

The efficient management of available water is essential for the sustainable development of any region. The main challenge in front of water resources managers is that water availability varies greatly in both space and time. Changes in climate and land-use changes may alter future freshwater availability by altering river discharge regimes in already vulnerable regions, posing an additional challenge in front of water resources managers. The main solution to the problems mentioned above is to have a dynamic hydrological model that can perform water budgeting in space and time with reasonable accuracy. However, hydrological models are generally designed for gauged regions as they require a large amount of discharge data for calibration. To give the problem a proper context, most streams in the world, particularly the smaller ones like Deonadi Catchment, are either ungauged or poorly gauged. Thus, village to district level water resources planning and management is generally very challenging. Devandi watershed comprises of 560 km2 is a part of the upper Godavari basin, situated in Nashik district, Maharashtra. It originates from the Aundhepatta hills of Sahyadri mountains, 26 km south-west from Sinnar town, and meets the Godavari near Sangvi village after flowing for around 70 km. 


Scope of the work: 

This project aims to establish a baseline hydrologic budget for the Devnadi watershed using existing datasets. The Devnadi River is an ungauged river, i.e., there are no flow measurement devices on the main stem of the river. Thus, methods for prediction in ungauged basins will be used to perform hydrologic budgeting. In addition, the possibility of using socio-economic surveys to gain an understanding of hydrologic changes in the watersheds explored.  


Team members: 
  • Bhagyashri Patil
  • Hrishikesh Oza
  • Ruchita Jadhav
  • Vishal Mishra


Intended outcome: 
  • Trend analysis of climatic factors such as rainfall, temperature and its effect of Runoff. 
  • Water budget of the Deonadi Watershed.
  • A GIS framework for the watershed planning    
Principal Investigator: 

Prof. Om P. Damani