A European landscape stratification reflecting drainage density
Project ID: 39Funded under: FP5-JRC
This paper presents a new approach for the derivation of drainage networks and drainage basins for the pan-European area, making use of medium resolution digital elevation data and information on climate, vegetation cover, landform, soils and lithology. Based on these data we propose a landscape stratification that reflects the environmental aptitude to develop a certain drainage density. In the subsequent channel extraction a dedicated threshold for the critical contributing area is used for each landscape type, resulting in a spatially variable drainage density. The described methodology has been implemented for the pan-European area. The resulting GIS supports the environmental monitoring activities of the European Environment Agency as well as the current efforts for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Sustainable Development of Multifunctional Landscapes. Helming K, Wiggering H (Editors). Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg (2003). ISBN 3-540-00008-9, EUR 79.95, pp.95-110
Record Number: 200316044 / Last updated on: 2003-03-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en