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A European landscape stratification reflecting drainage density

Project ID: 39
Funded 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.

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Authors: VOGT J ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
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
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