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Reply to discussion by David L. Rosgen: The role of observer variation in determining Rosgen stream types in northeastern Oregon mountain streams


Buffington, John M.; Roper, Brett B.; Archer, Eric; Moyer, Chris. 2009. Reply to discussion by David L. Rosgen: The role of observer variation in determining Rosgen stream types in northeastern Oregon mountain streams. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 45(5): 1298-1312.

We thank Rosgen (this issue) for his comments, which provide valuable insight regarding his channel classification and its correct application. However, we believe that many of his objections are based on misinterpretation of our analysis, which we hope to clarify through this reply.

Because our measurement techniques differed from those advocated by Rosgen (1996), our study may not represent the range of variability in channel classification that would result from strict adherence to his methods. Nevertheless, this does not invalidate our analysis and the intended study goal of evaluating classification consistency and sources of observed differences. However, some of the identified shortcomings of the classification may stem from our use of methods different from Rosgen's and therefore deserve further analysis.

Keywords: stream types, channel classification


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Reply to discussion by David L. Rosgen: The role of observer variation in determining Rosgen stream types in northeastern Oregon mountain streams
Electronic Publish Date: November 24, 2009
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