Also known as EstuarineMorphologyEstimator
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Spatial dimensions 1.5D, 2D
Spatial extent Landscape-Scale, Regional-Scale, Watershed-Scale
Model domain Hydrology, Coastal, Marine
One-line model description Empirical Assessment Tool for Bathymetry, Flow Velocity and Salinity in Estuaries Based on Tidal Amplitude and Remotely-Sensed Imagery
Extended model description Here, we present a Python tool that includes a comprehensive set of relations that predicts the hydrodynamics, bed elevation and the patterns of channels and bars in mere seconds. Predictions are based on a combination of empirical relations derived from natural estuaries, including a novel predictor for cross-sectional depth distributions, which is dependent on the along-channel width profile. Flow velocity, an important habitat characteristic, is calculated with a new correlation between depth below high water level and peak tidal flow velocity, which was based on spatial numerical modelling. Salinity is calculated from estuarine geometry and flow conditions. The tool only requires an along-channel width profile and tidal amplitude, making it useful for quick assessments, for example of potential habitat in ecology, when only remotely-sensed imagery is available.

estuary, morphology, salinity, flow velocity, rapid assessment, bathymetry, tool, imagery,

Name Jasper Leuven
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Institute / Organization Utrecht University
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Town / City Utrecht
Postal code 3508TC
Country Netherlands
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When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
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Pre-processing software needed? Yes
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Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 8
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.17




Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 8
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.17

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Leuven, Jasper; Verhoeve, Steye; van Dijk, Wout; Selaković, Sanja; Kleinhans, Maarten; 2018. Empirical Assessment Tool for Bathymetry, Flow Velocity and Salinity in Estuaries Based on Tidal Amplitude and Remotely-Sensed Imagery. Remote Sensing, 10, 1915. 10.3390/rs10121915
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2018 EstuarineMorphologyEstimator
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