Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 245–259, 2020
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 245–259, 2020

Research article 20 Apr 2020

Research article | 20 Apr 2020

Drainage divide networks – Part 1: Identification and ordering in digital elevation models

Dirk Scherler and Wolfgang Schwanghart

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Drainage divides are believed to provide clues about divide migration and the instability of landscapes. Here, we present a novel approach to extract drainage divides from digital elevation models and to order them in a drainage divide network. We present our approach by studying natural and artificial landscapes generated with a landscape evolution model and disturbed to induce divide migration.