October 2016

Forecasts of surface water availability are improved by "ground truth" measurements by stream gaging stations. This project aims to improve stream discharge measurements for regions that lack the infrastructure of access to establish a formal gaging station. Water surface elevation (stage) information can be extracted from images of the stream's banks. The objectives of this project seek to establish open-source methods for the automated partitioning of water surface levels from stream images. Target sites were chosen across a range of geomorphologic conditions and measurements will be compared with traditional methods of stream monitoring.