Aral Drainage Basin Image

"Building" the Amu Darya and Syr Darya

Central Asia Countries & Rivers

Central Asia Countries & Rivers

Central Asia Countries & Rivers

A "drainage basin" is the fundamental unit of the landscape, as its topography, soils, and vegetation goven how rainfall is mobilized across the landsurface and down river channels. A critical work task, then, is how to represent the spatial distributions and attributes of all of these landscape properties, and how they process the surface climate. In this section, we descibe how individual "models" of the landscape are derived.

An important reality of river basins is that they don't automatically respect political boundaries.Hence to best analyze the dynamics of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya basins, it is necessary to include the transboundary perspective.