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In this new paper published in Geomorphology journal, we (i) present and discuss a set of 21 metrics to characterize both the geometry and the topology of karstic networks, and (ii) to study their properties and their usefulness based on a set of more than 30 actual karsts mapped by speleologists. This data set includes some of the largest explored cave systems in the world and represents a broad range of geological and speleogenetic conditions allowing us to test the proposed metrics, their variability, and their usefulness for the discrimination of different morphologies.

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Collon P., Bernasconi D., Vuilleumier C., Renard P. (2017). Statistical metrics for the characterization of karst network geometry and topology. Geomorphology, 283, 122–142. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.01.034