Gupta, P.K. and Singh, A.P. (2005) Disaster Management for Nandira Watershed District Angul (Orissa) India, Using Temporal Remote Sensing Data and GIS. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment , 104. pp. 425-436. ISSN 0167-6369

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NALCO – the largest exporter of aluminium in India has a power plant of 720 MW capacity in Nandira watershed in Angul district of Orissa. The power plant utilises local coal to generate thermal power and disposes of large amount of ash which accumulates in slurry form at nearby two ash ponds. These ash ponds were breached on 31 December 2000, causing ash accumulation for entire regime of the Nandira river. An attempt has been made towards preparation of recovery and rehabilitation plan for NALCO using temporal Remote Sensing data and GIS. Indian remote sensing satellite data for pre-breach condition 12 December 2000, during breach event 31 December 2000 and post-breach condition 4 and 6 January 2001 has been digitally analysed for Nandira watershed. The satellite data of coarse spatial resolution provides the absence and presence of fresh sediment deposition along Nandira watershed and Brahmani river pertaining to pre-breach and post-breach conditions respectively on regional scales. The temporal comparison of fine resolution has clearly highlighted the aerial extent of damage caused by the disaster for entire watershed on local scales. The GIS has helped in demarcation of freshly accumulated ash at interval of 500 m along the river length as well as in delineation of maximum ash accumulation across the river width. The study has clearly demonstrated the use of temporal Remote Sensing data in conjunction with GIS for disaster management in terms of recovery and rehabilitation plan preparation of the Nandira watershed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ash ponds, breach, flash flood, river, watershed
Subjects: Hydrology
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 04:23
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 04:23

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