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Table 3 Decision matrix for digitalizing structural elements

From: Influence of 200 years of water resource management on a typical central European river. Does industrialization straighten a river?

Characteristics Structure (possible) Alternative
Channel River corridor Island(s)
No. of channels Enlarged Flow distribution Widening Size Number Vegetated
1 Yes - No Small More than 1 No Braided river Island
Maybe - No Small to medium 1 No Island Braided river (beginning/end of section)
No - No    Maybe Island  
1 or 2 Yes - Maybe Medium to large 1 Yes Island Anastomosing river
More than 1 Yes Evenly Maybe Medium to large 1 or more Yes Anastomosing river Island(S)
Yes Large 1 or more Yes Anastomosing river  
2 - Uneven Yes Large 1 Yes Side arm Anastomosing river
Definitely uneven Yes Large 1 Yes Side arm  
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