Welcome to the Upper Salween River Basin USRB
The USRB is located in
southwest China and stretches from the
tropical south-east in Yunnan Province to the sub-frigid
semi-arid northwest in Xizhang (Tibet) province.
The Salween river is, along with the Yellow river, Yangkzhe, Mekong, Indus and
Bramaputra, one of the great rivers which has its source on the Tibetan plateau.
A few hundered kilometers downstream of its source, the Salween makes part of the renowned
Three Parallel Rivers area together with the adjacent Mekong and Yangkzhe rivers.
Here is where the USRB is located within China.
The USRB stretches over four different climate zones: the sub-frigid, the
temperate, the subtropical and the tropical zone. In the map to the right, these climate zones are shown. Particularly the
difference between the temperate and the subtropical areas, combined
with great differences in altitude account for an extraordinary high
This present website has been developed by Christophe Lienert, MSc (geography with emphasis on hydrology), in the course
of the research project dealing with the hydrogeography of the USRB. Thank you for
visiting this website. Your feedback and any kind of suggestions are
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