Geomorphological Mapping

Geomorphological Mapping

Methods and Applications

1st Edition - October 22, 2011

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  • Authors: Mike Smith, James Griffiths
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444535368
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534460

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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

  • Foreword

    List of Contributors

    Chapter One: Introduction to Applied Geomorphological Mapping

    1. Geomorphological Mapping

    2. Techniques of Applied Geomorphological Mapping

    3. Case Studies in Applied Geomorphological Mapping

    Chapter Two: Old and New Trends in Geomorphological and Landform Mapping

    1. The Advent of Geomorphological Mapping

    2. The Diversity of Legends

    3. The Needs for Standardisation and Flexibility

    4. The Use of Aerial Photographs and Satellite Data

    5. Landform Mapping in Synthetic (Holistic) Surveys of Terrain

    6. Applied Geomorphological Surveying and Mapping

    7. Summary and Conclusions

    Chapter Three: Nature and Aims of Geomorphological Mapping

    1. Introduction

    2. Types of Geomorphological Maps

    3. Geomorphological Map Scale

    4. New Tools in Geomorphological Mapping

    5. Problems and Efforts in Current Geomorphological Mapping

    6. Experiences of GIS-Based, Object-Oriented Multiscale Geomorphological Mapping

    7. Concluding Remarks

    Chapter Four: Makers and Users of Geomorphological Maps

    1. Introduction

    2. Geomorphological Mapping Characteristics

    3. Makers and Users

    4. Examples of Nationwide Map Makers

    5. Users

    6. Conclusions

    Chapter Five: Geomorphological Contributions to Landslide Risk Assessment

    1. Introduction

    2. Landslide Susceptibility, Hazard and Risk

    3. Experience from Industry

    4. Landslide Hazard and Risk Mapping for Rural Infrastructure Planning in Nepal

    5. Sakhalin 2, Phase II Oil and Gas Pipeline in Russia

    6. Landslide Mapping for Land Use Planning in Cyprus

    7. Discussion

    8. Conclusions

    Chapter Six: Geomorphological Field Mapping

    1. Introduction

    2. Procedures and Protocols of Geomorphological Field Mapping

    3. Examples of Geomorphological Field Mapping in Upland Terrain

    4. Discussion

    5. Conclusions and Outlook

    Chapter Seven: Data Sources

    1. Introduction

    2. Analogue Data

    3. Digital Data

    4. Recent Trends, Problems and Future Perspectives

    Chapter Eight: Digital Mapping

    1. Introduction

    2. Mapping Methods

    3. File Formats

    4. Visualisation

    5. Quantification

    6. Errors

    7. Summary

    Chapter Nine: Cartography

    1. Introduction

    2. Elements of Cartographic Map Design

    3. Geomorphological Legend Systems and Map Symbols

    4. Map Production and Dissemination

    5. Geomorphological Maps on the Internet

    6. Conclusions

    Chapter Ten: Semi-Automated Identification and Extraction of Geomorphological Features Using Digital Elevation Data

    1. Introduction

    2. Geomorphological Mapping

    3. Case Study Boschoord – The Netherlands

    4. Case Study Lech – Austria

    5. Closing Remarks

    Chapter Eleven: Mapping Ireland’s Glaciated Continental Margin Using Marine Geophysical Data

    1. Introduction

    2. Case Study: Mapping Ireland’s Glaciated Continental Margin

    3. The Glacial Geomorphology of the North and Northwest Irish Shelf – Description and Interpretation

    4. The Glacially Related Geomorphology of the Northwest Irish Continental Margin

    5. Discussion and Conclusions

    Chapter Twelve: Submarine Geomorphology

    1. Introduction

    2. Case Study: Hawaii

    3. Discussion and Conclusions

    4. Software and Data

    Chapter Thirteen: Marine Geomorphology

    1. Introduction

    2. Marine Geomorphological Mapping Methodology

    3. Example: Geomorphological Mapping and the Study of the Storegga Slide

    4. Conclusions

    Chapter Fourteen: The Cherry Garden Landslide, Etchinghill Escarpment, Southeast England

    1. Introduction

    2. Site Topography

    3. Site Geology

    4. Mapping Methodology

    5. Mapping Results: Main Geomorphological Units

    6. Mapping Results: The Cherry Garden Landslide

    7. Geomorphological Interpretation

    8. Conclusion

    Chapter Fifteen: The Application of Geomorphological Mapping in the Assessment of Landslide Hazard in Hong Kong

    1. Hong Kong and Landslide Hazards

    2. Natural Terrain Landslides in Hong Kong

    3. Geological and Geomorphological Setting

    4. Approach and Methodology for Landslide Assessments in Hong Kong

    5. Conceptual Ground Models

    6. Site-Specific Field Mapping

    7. Case Study

    8. Conclusions

    Chapter Sixteen: A Geomorphological Map as a Tool for Assessing Sediment Transfer Processes in Small Catchments Prone to Debris-Flows Occurrence

    1. Introduction

    2. The Development of a Dynamic Geomorphological Mapping Method

    3. Example of Application in the Bruchi Torrent

    4. Discussion

    5. Conclusions and Perspectives

    Chapter Seventeen: Geomorphological Assessment of Complex Landslide Systems Using Field Reconnaissance and Terrestrial Laser Scanning

    1. Introduction

    2. Study Area

    3. Field Landslide Mapping

    4. Terrestrial Laser-Scanning Survey

    5. Conclusions

    Chapter Eighteen: Digital Terrain Models from Airborne Laser Scanning for the Automatic Extraction of Natural and Anthropogenic Linear Structures

    1. Introduction

    2. Related Work

    3. Method

    4. Data Set and Test Site

    5. Results

    6. Conclusion

    Chapter Nineteen: Applied Geomorphic Mapping for Land Management in the River Murray Corridor, SE Australia

    1. Introduction

    2. Previous Studies

    3. Methodology

    4. Results

    5. Applications

    6. Conclusions

    Chapter Twenty: Monitoring Braided River Change Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Optical Bathymetric Mapping

    1. Introduction

    2. Technological Developments

    3. Data Collection

    4. Processing Methodology

    5. Results: DEMs of Difference

    6. Conclusion

    Chapter Twenty-One: Uses and Limitations of Field Mapping of Lowland Glaciated Landscapes

    1. Introduction

    2. Methods

    3. The Context of Glacial Landforms in North-Central Ireland

    4. Results

    5. Discussion

    6. Conclusions

    Chapter Twenty-Two: Mapping Late Holocene Landscape Evolution and Human Impact – A Case Study from Lower Khuzestan (SW Iran)

    1. Introduction

    2. Regional Setting

    3. Materials and Methods

    4. Results

    5. Discussion

    6. Conclusions

    Chapter Twenty-Three: Military Applied Geomorphological Mapping

    1. Introduction

    2. The Normandy Landings in World War II

    3. Terrain Analysis

    4. Geomorphic Maps of Normandy

    5. Conclusion

    Chapter Twenty-Four: Future Developments of Geomorphological Mapping


Product details

  • No. of pages: 610
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2011
  • Published: October 22, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444535368
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534460

About the Authors

Mike Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

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

James Griffiths

Affiliations and Expertise

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

About the Editor

Paolo Paron

Paolo is a Senior Lecturer at IHE Delft in the River Basin Development research group. He has more than 15 years of combined professional experience in the Humanitarian, Professional and Academic world in the areas of mapping, geology and geomorphology and remote sensing. In the last years he has been developing methods and tools for the use of UAV in hydraulic research including flood mapping as well as in ecology and soil erosion. He has worked and lived extensively in Eastern and Southern Africa with shorter assignments in Asia and East Asia, and at present he is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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  • SamuelWillis Tue Dec 24 2019

    Geomorph mapping

    Excellent overview and technical discussion of current state of geomorphological mapping. Color figures would be more helpful. Otherwise, excellent book.