Articles | Volume 26, issue 13
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3497–3516, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3497–3516, 2022
Research article
08 Jul 2022
Research article | 08 Jul 2022

Technical note: Analyzing river network dynamics and the active length–discharge relationship using water presence sensors

Francesca Zanetti et al.

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River networks are highly dynamical. Characterizing expansion and retraction of flowing streams is a significant scientific challenge. Electrical resistance sensors were used to monitor stream network patterns in an alpine catchment. Our data show the presence of spatial heterogeneity in network dynamics and that the active length is more sensitive than discharge to small rain events. The study unravels potentials and limitations of the sensors for the characterization of temporary streams.