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Volume 18, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4883–4895, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4883-2014
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4883–4895, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4883-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 05 Dec 2014

Research article | 05 Dec 2014

Quantifying river form variations in the Mississippi Basin using remotely sensed imagery

Z. F. Miller et al.
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Many previous studies have used stream gauge data to estimate patterns of river width and depth based on variations in river discharge. However, these relationships may not capture all of the actual variability in width and depth. We have instead mapped the widths of all of the rivers wider than 100 m (and many narrower) in the Mississippi Basin and then used them to also improve estimates of depth as well. Our results show width and depth variations not captured by power-law relationships.
Many previous studies have used stream gauge data to estimate patterns of river width and depth...
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