Climate monitoring as an indicator of the hydrological condition of the Siversky Donets river basin

Keywords: environmental monitoring, natural environment, climate monitoring, ecological condition, hydrological indicators, regional climate change, Siverskiy Donets basin


Formulation of the problem. Today, in changing climate conditions, it is very relevant to study the impact of regional climate change on the regime of hydrological indicators and ecological status of the Siversky Donets river basin within Kharkiv region.

Analysis of recent research and publications. Hydrometeorological studies are complex and large-scale. In the late 20th - early 21st centuries, a number of articles studied annual runoff of the rivers of Ukraine under the influence of atmospheric processes. Present-day changes in temperature and humidity of the territory affect the hydrological conditions of the rivers.

The aim of the work is to assess the relationship between climatic and hydrological indicators (environmental dynamics) of the Siversky Donets basin against the background of regional climate change. In these conditions, monitoring of climate, hydrological and environmental indicators, allows us to make further management decisions on water resources management.

Research methods are presented by statistical and cartographic analysis. The source data are a number of climatological, hydrological and environmental observations within the state network of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center of the SES of Ukraine.

Problems of further research. Modern changes in climatic conditions in Ukraine are characterized by locality and rapidity. Considering the volume of water use from the river Siversky Donets, the question arises about the water supply of the region, optimization of its use and further rational management.

Presentation of the main research material. The dates of the ice cover have changed in recent years, and often ice phenomena may not occur at all. We can see significant warming in winter on the example of January air temperatures.

Summer temperatures are growing the fastest (by 0.37°C every 10 years), autumn temperatures are in the second place in terms of growth rate. which means that stable ice cover on most rivers of the Donets basin has been absent in recent decades, which clearly indicates a warming trend.

Practical value. Based on the main provisions of the national environmental policy of Ukraine on the use of water resources the study of changes in hydrological regime of rivers is of practical importance for sustainable management. Calculation of the IWP has revealed that most rivers belong to the third and fourth categories - "moderately polluted" and "polluted", but there are also absolutely catastrophic cases.

Research results. Heavy economic burden on the waterway will increase its over-regulation. In future, comprehensive assessment of climate change impact on the hydrological conditions of the rivers will determine the degree of change in the ecological state of the waterways, their rational use and protect.


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Author Biographies

Svitlana Reshetchenko, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

PhD (Geography), Associate Professor, Department of Physical Geography and Cartography

Sviatoslav Dmitriiev, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University


Nadiia Cherkashyna, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

Senior Lecturer

Tetiana Tkachenko, State Biotechnological University

PhD (Geography), Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Biotechnologies in Plant Breeding

Vitaliy Sych, Odesa I.I. Mechnykov National University

DSc (Geography), Associate Professor, Department of Economic and Social Geography and Tourism


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How to Cite
Reshetchenko, S., Dmitriiev, S., Cherkashyna, N., Tkachenko, T., & Sych, V. (2022). Climate monitoring as an indicator of the hydrological condition of the Siversky Donets river basin. Visnyk of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Series "Geology. Geography. Ecology", (56), 172-183.