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Monitoring of Riparian Vegetation Growth on Fluvial Sandbars

  • Michael NonesEmail author
  • Massimo Guerrero
  • Renata Archetti
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Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Abstract

The paper proposes a simplified methodology to track the evolution of vegetation patterns over a central sandbar of the Po River, Italy, by means of a fixed video camera installed on the top of a bridge pier. Looking downstream, the camera acquires images every twelve hours while hourly water levels are derived from a radar hydrometer located 300 m upstream of the study area. The vegetation growth rate is computed analysing several images covering the period July–December 2017, characterized by a dry period during the summer/autumn and a flood at the end of the year. The tracking of the vegetation patterns bounds provides some general indications on the role of a transient hydrology on the plants’ dynamics.

Keywords

Po River Riparian vegetation Time-lapse photography Video monitoring 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research has been partially developed in the framework of the project INFRASAFE—Monitoraggio intelligente per infrastrutture sicure, April 2016–March 2018, founded by the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy, through the POR FESR 2014–2020.

Part of the work performed by Michael Nones was supported by the statutory activities No. 3841/E-41/S/2018 of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Nones
    • 1
    Email author
  • Massimo Guerrero
    • 2
  • Renata Archetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Civil Chemical, Environmental and Materials EngineeringUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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