Concepts, Software, Applications

1st Edition - September 25, 2008

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  • Editors: Tomislav Hengl, Hannes Reuter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921884
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743459

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Geomorphometry is the science of quantitative land-surface analysis. It draws upon mathematical, statistical, and image-processing techniques to quantify the shape of earth's topography at various spatial scales. The focus of geomorphometry is the calculation of surface-form measures (land-surface parameters) and features (objects), which may be used to improve the mapping and modelling of landforms to assist in the evaluation of soils, vegetation, land use, natural hazards, and other information. This book provides a practical guide to preparing Digital Elevation Models (DEM) for analysis and extracting land-surface parameters and objects from DEMs through a variety of software. It further offers detailed instructions on applying parameters and objects in soil, agricultural, environmental and earth sciences. This is a manual of state-of-the-art methods to serve the various researchers who use geomorphometry.Soil scientists will use this book to further learn the methods for classifying and measuring the chemical, biological, and fertility properties of soils and gain a further understaing of the role of soil as a natural resource. Geologists will find value in the instruction this book provides for measuring the physical features of the soil such as elevation, porosity, and structure which geologists use to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and flooding.

Key Features

  • Technical details on a variety of software packages allow researchers to solve real-life mapping issues
  • Provides soil and agronomy researchers best practice techniques for soil data analysis to assist in enhanced land-use and planning
  • Offers geologists essential tactics for better environmental management by providing a comprehensive analysis of the physical features of soil
  • Companion website includes access to the latest technological advancements previously unpublished in any other comprehensive source: geomorphometry software, DEM data sources, and applications


Digital Soil Mapping Practitioners, Soil Scientists, Geologists, Geomorphologists, Earth Science Professionals in geological mapping agencies, mineral exploration companies, teachers and academics, Hydrologists, GIS practitioners and specialists, Landscape Ecologists, Environmental Planners, students in upper level GIS/geomorphology classes, Graduate students in soil science, quantitative ecology, earth sciences, GIS, geography, and geodetic sciences

Table of Contents

  • I - Concepts
    Geomorphometry: a brief guide
    Mathematical and digital models of the land surface
    DEM production methods and sources
    Preparation of DEMs for geomorphometric analysis
    Geostatistical simulation and error propagation in geomorphometry
    Basic land-surface parameters
    Land-surface parameters and objects in hydrology
    Land-surface parameters specific to topo-climatology
    Landforms and landform elements in geomorphometry

    II - Software
    Overview of software packages used in geomorphometry
    Geomorphometry in ESRI packages
    Geomorphometry in SAGA
    Geomorphometry in ILWIS
    Geomorphometry in LandSerf
    Geomorphometry in MicroDEM
    Geomorphometry in TAS GIS
    Geomorphometry in GRASS GIS
    Geomorphometry in RiverTools

    III - Applications
    Geomorphometry ? a key to landscape mapping and modelling
    Soil mapping applications
    Vegetation mapping applications
    Geomorphometry and spatial hydrologic modelling
    Applications in meteorology
    Applications in geomorphology
    Applications in Precision Agriculture
    Modelling mass movements and landslide susceptibility
    Automated predictive mapping of ecological entities
    The future of geomorphometry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 796
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: September 25, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921884
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743459

About the Editors

Tomislav Hengl

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hannes Reuter

Affiliations and Expertise

European Commission, Directorate General JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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