Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 195–210, 2020
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 195–210, 2020

Research article 19 Mar 2020

Research article | 19 Mar 2020

Large wood as a confounding factor in interpreting the width of spring-fed streams

Dana Ariel Lapides and Michael Manga

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Spring-fed streams throughout volcanic regions of the western United States are wider than runoff-fed streams with similar flow levels. We used high-resolution satellite imagery in combination with flow and climate data to examine the relationship between wood loading and stream width in 38 spring-fed and 20 runoff-fed streams. This study identifies distinct wood dynamics in spring-fed and runoff-fed streams and a strong correlation between stream width and wood length in spring-fed streams.