Geomorphological Mapping: a professional handbook of techniques and applications is a new book targeted at academics and practitioners who use, or wish to utilise, geomorphological mapping within their work. Synthesising for the first time an historical perspective to geomorphological mapping, field based and digital tools and techniques for mapping and an extensive array of case studies from academics and professionals active in the area. Those active in geomorphology, engineering geology, reinsurance, Environmental Impact Assessors, and allied areas, will find the text of immense value.

Key Features

  • Growth of interest in geomorphological mapping and currently no texts comprehensively cover this topic
  • Extensive case studies that will appeal to professionals, academics and students (with extensive use of diagrams, potentially colour plates)
  • Brings together material on digital mapping (GIS and remote sensing), cartography and data sources with a focus on modern technologies (including GIS, remote sensing and digital terrain analysis)
  • Provides readers with summaries of current advances in methodological/technical aspects
  • Accompanied by electronic resources for digital mapping


Researchers and professionals in geomorphology, engineering geologists and applied geology

Table of Contents

Section 1 – Geomorphological Mapping

1. Introduction to Applied Geomorphological Mapping
2. Old and New Trends in Geomorphological and Landform Mapping
3. Nature and Aims of Geomorphological Mapping
4. Makers and Users of Geomorphological Maps
5. Geomorphological Contributions to Landslide Risk Assessment: Theory and Practice

Section 2 – Techniques in Applied Geomorphological Mapping

6. Geomorphological Field Mapping
7. Data Sources
8. Digital Mapping: Visualisation, Iinterpretation and Quantification of Landforms
9. Cartography: Design, Symbolisation and Visualisation of Geomorphological Maps
10. Semi-Automated Identification and Extraction of Geomorphological Features using Digital Elevation Data

Section 3 – Case Studies

11. Mapping Ireland’s Glaciated Continental Margin Using Marine Geophysical Data
12. Submarine Geomorphology: Quantitative Methods Illustrated with the Hawaiian Volcanoes
13. Marine Geomorphology: Geomorphological Mapping and the Study of Submarine Landslides
14. The Cherry Garden Landslide, Etchinghill Escarpment, Southeast England.
15. The Application of Geomorphological Mapping in the Assessment of Landslide Risk in Hong Kong
16. A Geomorphological Map as a Tool for Assessing Sediment Transfer Processes in Small Catchments Prone to Debris-Flows Occurrence: A Case Study in the Bruchi Torrent (Swiss Alps)
17. Geomorphological Assessment of Complex Landslide Systems Using Field Reconnaissance and Terrestrial Laser Scanning
18. Digital Terrain Models From Airborne Laser Scanning for the Extraction of Natural and Anthropogenic Linear Structures
19. Applied Geomorphic Mapping for Land Management in the River Murray Corridor, SE Australia
20. Monitoring Braided River Change Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Optical Bathymeric Mapping
21. Uses and Limitations of Field-Mapping of Lowland Glaciated Landscapes
22. Mapping Late-Holocene Landscape Evolut


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About the editors

Mike Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Kingston University, UK

Paolo Paron

Affiliations and Expertise

UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

James Griffiths

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK


"Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications is a practical textbook that is essential reading to students and professional practitioners wishing to embark on a geomorphological project in any discipline. It is the first book of its kind, in that it brings together many topics that are normally dealt with and taught separately. These include the practicalities of completing field mapping, through to data sources and how to interrogate them and process them in a GIS. The diagrams and maps provided as examples are of a high standard. It is easily read and logically arranged, with clear co-operation between the editors and contributors."--Quaternary Science Reviews
"This text explains the concepts, characteristics, makers and users of, and trends in, how modern geomorphological mapping can be applied to solve complex problems in land management, including landslide risk assessment, resource location, and changes in landforms. Following a historical overview of trends in field-based geomorphological mapping, Smith (geography, geology, and the environment, Kingston U., UK) and colleagues in the UK and the Netherlands present new digital tools and techniques, e.g., remote sensing, WebGIS, that have resulted in the use of 'non-subjective' mapping in applied research that now informs cartography, geographic information systems, and terrain analysis. The handbook includes international case studies illustrated with diagrams and color plates that exemplify the diverse applications, current limitations and potential of this methodology."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012