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Geomorphometry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123743459, 9780080921884

Geomorphometry, Volume 33

1st Edition

Concepts, Software, Applications

Editors: Tomislav Hengl Hannes Reuter
eBook ISBN: 9780080921884
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743459
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 25th September 2008
Page Count: 796
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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


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.


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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