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Lifespan map creation enhances stream restoration design.


Research and engineering efforts are establishing a vast number of stream restoration planning approaches, design testing frameworks, construction techniques, and performance evaluation methods. A primary question arises as to the lifespan of stream restoration features. This study develops a framework to identify relevant parameters, design criteria and survival thresholds for ten multidisciplinary restoration techniques: •Parameterize relevant features, notably, (1) bar and floodplain grading; (2) berm setback; (3) vegetation plantings; (4) riprap placement; (5) sediment replenishment; (6) side cavities; (7) side channel and anabranches; (8) streambed reshaping; (9) structure removal; and (10) placement of wood in the shape of engineered logjams and rootstocks.•Identify survival thresholds for parameters, where the feature life ends when the threshold value is exceeded.•Compare parameter thresholds with spatial data of topographic change and hydrodynamic forces as a result of hydrodynamic modelling of multiple discharges. The discharge or topographic change rate that is related to the lowest (flood) return period spatially determines the feature's lifespan in years.

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