As urbanization has accelerated, the form of river and lake systems has changed greatly in cities, which has caused variations in the functioning of interconnected river system network (IRSN). To quantitatively evaluate the influence of the urbanization process on IRSN, the form index system and function index system were established in this study. The form index system involved eight indexes, and the function index system included eighteen indexes. We also used statistical methods to analyze the correlations between the form indexes and the function indexes of the IRSN. Multiple linear regression equations were established between the variations in the IRSN form indexes and the function indexes. Finally, we determined the threshold values of the IRSN form indexes that can meet Zhengzhou City's future development demands for water function. The threshold value for the drainage network density is between 0.32 and 0.33; the threshold value for the node connection rate is between 1.54 and 2; the threshold value for the degree of connectivity between river systems ranges from 0.55 to 0.77; and the threshold value for circuitry of the river ranges from 0.40 to 0.60. Validation shows that these values are reasonable.
- form and function index
- future development
- interconnected river system network
- index threshold value
- First received 21 January 2016.
- Accepted in revised form 6 June 2016.
- © IWA Publishing 2016