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A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: A Structured Procedure and Support Tools

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Fundación CREACUA (Centro para la Recuperación de Ecosistemas ACUAticos), 440001 Riohacha, La Guajira, 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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Escuela de Montes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Geosciences 2020, 10(6), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10060231
Received: 3 March 2020 / Revised: 26 May 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 15 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Numerical Modeling of Surface Processes)
This paper presents a systematic procedure for developing a characterization and classification of river reaches inspired by the River Styles Framework, through which insight can be gained about the understanding of river behavior. Our procedure takes advantage of several computer based “tools”, i.e., algorithms implemented in software packages of various types, from “simple” Excel sheets to sophisticated algorithms in Python language, in general all supported by Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The main potentially useful, existing tools for this specific aim are discussed here, revealing their strengths and weaknesses. New, complementary or alternative tools that have been developed in the project feeding this paper are presented, which can contribute to the scientific community and stakeholders of the topic. The main result of our research is a structured and practical guide (a ToolBox Manual) that can support practitioners and researchers wishing to characterize and classify large rivers, based on the River Styles Framework. The main contribution is that this set of ideas, solutions, and tools, makes this type of exercise significantly more transparent and at the same time much less subjective. Moreover, the procedure is applicable to large systems and does not require more information than that generally available also in developing or emerging countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: river styles; ToolBox; fluvial geomorphology; computer aided analysis; Magdalena river river styles; ToolBox; fluvial geomorphology; computer aided analysis; Magdalena river
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Nardini, A.; Yépez, S.; Bejarano, M.D. A Computer Aided Approach for River Styles—Inspired Characterization of Large Basins: A Structured Procedure and Support Tools. Geosciences 2020, 10, 231.

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