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The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements

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The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements. / Bertoldi, W.; Gurnell, A. M.; Drake, N. A.

In: WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, Vol. 47, No. 6, W06525, 2011.

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Bertoldi, W, Gurnell, AM & Drake, NA 2011, 'The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements', WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, vol. 47, no. 6, W06525.

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Bertoldi, W., Gurnell, A. M., & Drake, N. A. (2011). The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 47(6), [W06525].

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Bertoldi W, Gurnell AM, Drake NA. The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. 2011;47(6). W06525.

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Bertoldi, W. ; Gurnell, A. M. ; Drake, N. A. / The topographic signature of vegetation development along a braided river: Results of a combined analysis of airborne lidar, color air photographs, and ground measurements. In: WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. 2011 ; Vol. 47, No. 6.

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