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A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: The Magdalena River (Colombia)

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Fundación CREACUA, Riohacha, La Guajira 440001, Colombia
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PhD Program in Advanced Forestry Engineering, Escuela de Montes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid—UPM, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento Manejo de Bosques y Medio Ambiente, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de Concepción—UdeC, Concepción 407374, Chile
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Laboratorio de Geotecnologías y Modelamiento de Recursos Naturales (LGM), Universidad de Concepción—UdeC, Concepción 407374, Chile
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Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department (DICEA), University of Napoli Federico II, 80125 Napoli, Italy
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Escuela de Montes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid—UPM, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Water 2020, 12(4), 1147; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041147
Received: 10 March 2020 / Revised: 4 April 2020 / Accepted: 14 April 2020 / Published: 17 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Environmental Hydraulics)
This paper addresses the geomorphic characterization and classification of large rivers in a framework of scarce information. This is inspired by the River Styles Framework with some modifications that make the process more straightforward and accessible to practitioners and more applicable to large basins, while reducing the subjective, expert-based inputs, as the process is now more systematic. To this aim, it utilizes innovative criteria and some computer-aided procedures and tools based on GIS, Excel and Python. This approach sheds light on the character and the behavior of rivers, which is key to informing planning, management and restoration. The application to the Magdalena River (Colombia) illustrates the characterization and classification process and the type of results, which ultimately highlight the great geomorphic diversity of that river. The process is applicable to many other rivers worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: river styles; Magdalena River; geomorphic response; river behavior; classification algorithm river styles; Magdalena River; geomorphic response; river behavior; classification algorithm
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Nardini, A.; Yepez, S.; Zuniga, L.; Gualtieri, C.; Bejarano, M.D. A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: The Magdalena River (Colombia). Water 2020, 12, 1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041147

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Nardini A, Yepez S, Zuniga L, Gualtieri C, Bejarano MD. A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: The Magdalena River (Colombia). Water. 2020; 12(4):1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041147

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Nardini, Andrea, Santiago Yepez, Lislie Zuniga, Carlo Gualtieri, and Maria D. Bejarano 2020. "A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: The Magdalena River (Colombia)" Water 12, no. 4: 1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041147

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