Spatial Information Research

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 405–414 | Cite as

Morphotectonic analysis of Sheer Khadd River basin using geo-spatial tools

  • Ankit Sharma
  • Prafull Singh
  • Praveen Kumar Rai


In the present study, a quantitative morphotectonic analysis of Sheer Khadd River basin has been carried out based on geomorphic and morphometric indices such as hypsometric integral, drainage basin asymmetry, mountain front sinuosity, basin elongation ratio, valley floor width to valley height ratio, river sinuosity and stream length gradient index using ASTER digital elevation model (DEM) and Google Earth images to understand the morphotectonics of the basin. The results indicate that Sheer Khadd River basin is tilting towards east and is elongated in shape due to active faulting and folding activity in the terrain. A moderate hypsometric integral value indicates that the basin is still under mature stage of erosion and reflecting a complexity in topography. Fluctuations in stream length gradient index over fault zones indicate irregularities in the drainage course due to the presence of fluvial knick points. The results of morphotectonic and morphometric analysis using DEM data is useful tool for morphotectonic evaluation of any complex terrain.


Morphotectonics Sheer Khadd River basin Knick points Geomorphic indices GIS 



The corresponding author expresses his gratefulness to the Amity University Noida, for providing facility and constant encouragement for carried out this research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankit Sharma
    • 1
  • Prafull Singh
    • 1
  • Praveen Kumar Rai
    • 2
  1. 1.Amity Institute of Geo-Informatics and Remote SensingAmity UniversityNoidaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Geography, Institute of ScienceBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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