Fast algorithm for automatically computing Strahler stream order

Water Resources Bulletin



An efficient algorithm was developed to determine Strahler stream order for segments of stream networks represented in a Geographic Information System (GIS). The algorithm correctly assigns Strahler stream order in topologically complex situations such as braided streams and multiple drainage outlets. Execution time varies nearly linearly with the number of stream segments in the network. This technique is expected to be particularly useful for studying the topology of dense stream networks derived from digital elevation model data.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Fast algorithm for automatically computing Strahler stream order
Series title Water Resources Bulletin
DOI 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1990.tb01432.x
Volume 26
Issue 6
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher American Water Resources Association
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Water Resources Bulletin
First page 977
Last page 981
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