Using terrestrial photography to measure stream morphology
Menhart, Dustin Alan
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The ability to properly identify stream channel morphology is an essential tool for all fluvial geomorphologists and river scientists. Research compared measurements from traditional stream channel survey to a terrestrial photography technique that evaluated variables from stream channels. Statistical results show that a photographic methodology accurately measures and describes morphological parameters considered in this study. Classification systems were created to identify dominant bed material and physical habitat for the ten vegetative (5 forested/ 5 pastured) streams surveyed. This scientific technique was performed on streams in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains near Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Center.