About this Research Topic
Recent technological advances have led to the development of new methods and automated processing tools for non-intrusive sensing of river flow velocities across a range of hydro-geomorphic settings and flow conditions. However, these techniques are not widely adopted with practices varying between agencies. Examples of successful deployments, uncertainty and sensitivity assessments, and thorough appraisals of image velocimetry approaches are required to promote these approaches before they are widely viewed as established and standard techniques. Further development and wider application of novel methods for flow velocity sensing, such as image velocimetry techniques, has the potential to deepen our fundamental understanding of fluvial processes and advance water management practices all over the world.
This Research Topic seeks to publish articles that demonstrate the utility of image velocimetry techniques for sensing the fluvial environment; that advance the development of image-based techniques; and inform deployment practices for the sensing of river flow processes. Of particular interest are research articles and commentaries where image-based techniques have:
• Advanced fundamental understanding of fluvial processes (e.g. flood flow dynamics)
• Been used as the basis for predictions of fluvial processes (e.g. bank erosion, sediment transport)
• Led to the advancement of industrial, or management practices (e.g. river flow quantification, eco-hydraulic assessments, hazard assessment, assessment of engineering structure performance).
In addition, research articles that report technical advances are also welcomed. These may include, but are not limited to:
• New approaches for image-based sensing of river flows
• Assessments of the applicability and accuracy of existing workflows and techniques
• Advancement of existing image velocimetry techniques
• Methodological refinements and recommendations for best practice
Keywords: image velocimetry, river flow, fluvial processes
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