Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Research article
11 Jun 2021
Research article |  | 11 Jun 2021

Automated quantification of floating wood pieces in rivers from video monitoring: a new software tool and validation

Hossein Ghaffarian, Pierre Lemaire, Zhang Zhi, Laure Tougne, Bruce MacVicar, and Hervé Piégay

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Short summary
Quantifying wood fluxes in rivers would improve our understanding of the key processes in river ecology and morphology. In this work, we introduce new software for the automatic detection of wood pieces in rivers. The results show 93.5 % and 86.5 % accuracy for piece number and volume, respectively.