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Model type Tool
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent Continental
Model domain Terrestrial
One-line model description Matlab toolbox for mapping and measuring river planform changes
Extended model description This toolbox was constructed to help analyze changing river planforms (aerial views). Given a binary mask of a river, tools are provided to efficiently compute

- channel centerline - banklines - channel width (two methods) - centerline direction - centerline curvature

If multiple input mask images contain georeference information, a tool is provided to "stitch" the masks together--before or after analysis. Stitching can be done for both images and vectors of x,y coordinates. The mapping toolbox is required for this functionality.

If multiple masks (realizations) of the river are available, RivMAP includes tools to

- compute centerline migrated areas - compute erosional and accretional areas - identify cutoff areas and quantify cutoff length, chute length, and cutoff area - generate channel belt boundaries and centerline - measure and map changes (in width, migration areas or rates, centerline elongation, accreted/eroded areas) in space and time


planform change, meander migration, river migration, width, centerline, spacetime mapping,

Name Jon Schwenk
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization University of Minnesota
Postal address 1
Postal address 2
Town / City Minneapolis
Postal code 55414
State Minnesota
Country United States
Email address

Supported platforms
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Other platform
Programming language


Other program language
Code optimized Single Processor, Multiple Processors
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2015
Does model development still take place? No
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status As is, no updates are provided
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v3
Program license type other
Memory requirements
Typical run time

Describe input parameters Binary channel mask imagery (georeferencing optional). Imagery through time can be input to assess planform changes.
Input format
Other input format any binary image loadable in Matlab
Describe output parameters For a single image: centerlines, widths, channel direction, curvatures

For multiple images: (centerline) migration areas, erosion and accretion areas, cutoffs, cutoff statistics, channel belt boundaries, grid generation to map spatial changes, spacetime maps of changes in planform variables

Output format
Other output format Matlab structure variable(s)
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? No
Describe post-processing software
Visualization software needed? No
If above answer is yes
Other visualization software

Describe processes represented by the model n/a
Describe key physical parameters and equations n/a
Describe length scale and resolution constraints Input channel masks can be arbitrary resolution
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Dependent on resolution and extent of input imagery
Describe any numerical limitations and issues n/a

Describe available calibration data sets An example case is included in the toolbox download.
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets
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Describe ideal data for testing

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? Not specifically but future developments are planned.
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available:
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
Can be coupled with:
Model info
Nr. of publications: 8
Total citations: 240
h-index: 7
m-quotient: 0.88
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Nr. of publications: 8
Total citations: 240
h-index: 7
m-quotient: 0.88

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Jon Schwenk 2017. High spatiotemporal resolution of river planform dynamics from Landsat: The RivMAP toolbox and results from the Ucayali River. Earth and Space Science, 4, 46-75. 10.1002/2016EA000196
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2017 RivMAP

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