25 October 2016 Determination of bank structures and river width variations using remote sensing data
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The European Water Framework Directive commits the member states to achieve the good ecological status for all water bodies. For this purpose on the level of the national states monitoring programs are established with the aim to verify the actual status by means of regular surveys. Already in the past remote sensing data in conjunction with methods of geospatial data analysis revealed the added value in terms of monitoring strategies regarding the European Water Framework Directive. Depending on the type of data they can be used for example for the determination of several parameters of rivers and streams. The present analyses show how it is possible to determine the parameter of width variation of small and medium rivers based on digital orthophotos. Because this parameter strongly depends on the geometric quality of the riverbank line, its determination is given particular attention. It turns out that mainly riparian vegetation has a large impact on the visibility of the riverbank line. In a multi-stage process different methods for the identification of affected areas are developed with the aim to reconstruct the true riverbank line in a second step. Finally these data form the basis for the determination of river width variations.
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Pierre Karrasch, Pierre Karrasch, Sebastian Hunger, Sebastian Hunger, } "Determination of bank structures and river width variations using remote sensing data", Proc. SPIE 9998, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XVIII, 999818 (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2239943; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2239943
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