Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 47–70, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-47-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 47–70, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-47-2021

Research article 04 Feb 2021

Research article | 04 Feb 2021

Coupling threshold theory and satellite-derived channel width to estimate the formative discharge of Himalayan foreland rivers

Kumar Gaurav et al.

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This study demonstrates an innovative methodology to estimate the formative discharge of alluvial rivers from remote sensing images. We have developed an automated algorithm in Python 3 to extract the width of a river channel from satellite images. Finally, this channel width is translated into discharge using a semi-empirical regime equation developed from field measurements and threshold channel theory that explains the first-order geometry of alluvial channels.