Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 391

Full Length Research Paper

Estimation of sediment production rate of the Umbaniun Micro-watershed, Meghalaya, India

  P. N. Rymbai* and L. K. Jha  
Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 May 2012
  •  Published: 13 June 2012



Conservation of soil and water is essential to sustain any developmental activity carried out on a watershed. Analyzing shape parameters and drainage pattern parameters is known to be very important in watershed management. The Umbaniun micro-watershed with an area of 3951.18 ha located at 25°27’29’’ to 25°32’34’’ North latitude and 91°47’10’’ to 91°52’40’ East longitude has an elongated shape with low sediment production rate (SPR) of 0.16218 ha-m/100 sqkm/year. It is under high biotic pressure and no conservation measures have been taken up to maintain its ecological health and stability. In this paper, we highlight a pilot study analyzing soil erosion and sediment production rate with reference to morphometric characteristics of the Umbaniun micro-watershed in Meghalaya.


Key words: Shape parameters, drainage pattern parameters, run-off rate, sediment production rate, Meghalaya, North-eastern India.