Stream Channel and Floodplain Metric Toolbox

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The Stream Channel and Floodplain Metric Toolbox was developed to demonstrate the feasibility of mapping fluvial geomorphic features from high-resolution bare-earth elevation data. A Python toolbox for ArcGIS was built to calculate key metrics describing channel and floodplain geometry. Channel and Floodplain Metric Toolbox provides this ability in an automated fashion, allowing for regional analyses based solely on digital elevation models (DEMs). This manual describes the general operation of the toolbox and technical details describing the specific algorithms. The toolbox works best in a watershed no larger than HUC 10 (< 1,000 sq. km).