Remote Sensing of Geomorphology

Remote Sensing of Geomorphology

1st Edition - April 16, 2020

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  • Editors: Paolo Tarolli, Simon Mudd
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641786
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641779

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Remote Sensing of Geomorphology, Volume 23, discusses the new range of remote-sensing techniques (lidar, structure from motion photogrammetry, advanced satellite platforms) that has led to a dramatic increase in terrain information, and as such provided new opportunities for a better understanding of surface morphology and related Earth surface processes. As several papers have been published (including paper reviews and special issues) on this topic, this book summarizes the major advances in remote sensing techniques for the analysis of Earth surface morphology and processes, also highlighting future challenges. Useful for MSc and PhD students, this book is also ideal for any scientists that want to have a single volume guideline to help them develop new ideas. In addition, technicians and private and public sectors working on remote sensing will find the information useful to their initiatives.

Key Features

  • Provides a useful guideline for MSc and PhD students, scientists, technicians, and land planners on the use of remote sensing in geomorphology
  • Includes applications on specific case studies that highlight issues and benefits of one technique compared to others
  • Presents future trends in remote sensing and geomorphology


Geologists, Geophysicists, Exploration Geologists, Volcanologists, Geomorphologists, Archaeologists, Glaciologists, Civil and Environmental Engineers, Ecologists, Land planning and environmental agencies, Private Remote Sensing companies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Structure from Motion photogrammetric technique
    2. Topo-bathymetric airborne lidar for fluvial geomorphology analysis
    3. Ground-based subsurface remote sensing
    4. Topographic data from satellites
    5. Linking life and landscape with remote sensing
    6. Structure from Motion photogrammetry for GeoArchaeology
    7. Landslide analysis using laser scanner
    8. Terrestrial Laser Scanner applied to fluvial geomorphology
    9. Remote sensing for the analysis of anthropogenic geomorphology: potential responses to sediment dynamics in the agricultural landscapes
    10. Using UAV and LIDAR data for gully erosion/deposition monitoring
    11. Zero to a trillion: Advancing Earth surface process studies with open access to high resolution topography
    12. Reproducible topographic analysis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: April 16, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641786
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641779

About the Series Volume Editors

Paolo Tarolli

Paolo Tarolli is Professor in Water Resources Management and Integrated Watershed Management, and PI of Earth Surface Processes and Society research group at the University of Padova (Italy). He has a PhD in Environmental Watershed Management and Geomatics and has worked as academic staff at the University of Padova since 2011. He is an expert in digital terrain analysis, earth surface processes analysis, natural hazards, geomorphology, hydro-geomorphology, LIDAR, and structure-from-motion photogrammetry. His new research directions include the analysis of topographic signatures of human activities from the local to regional scale. He is Deputy President of the Natural Hazards Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and Deputy President of sub-division VII (Information and Communication Technologies) of the Italian Society of Agricultural Engineering. Prof. Tarolli is also Executive Editor of Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (Copernicus) and associate editor or editorial board member of several international journals. He is the author of more than 100 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals. He has given more than 20 invited talks in international research institutions and foreign Academies (i.e., Princeton University, EPFL, AgroParisTech, National Cheng Kung University, China University of Geosciences, Dalian University and Technology) and at international meetings (IGC, AAG, ISPRS, RGS-IBG, AOGS-AGU, Soil Science Society of China).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Padova, Italy

Simon Mudd

Simon Mudd is Professor of Earth Surface Processes at the university of Edinburgh. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering and has worked as academic staff at the University of Edinburgh since 2007. Prof Mudd has over a decade of experience in numerical modelling and remote sensing of Earth surface processes including landsliding, flooding and sediment transport. Winner of the 2013 Arne Richter award for outstanding young scientists from the European Geoscience Union and the 2014 Gordon Warwick Medal from the British society of geomorphology. Has led the development of the topographic analysis software package LSDTopoTools ( which has published algorithms for extraction of channel networks from high resolution data, detection of terraces and floodplains, exploration of channel steepness in regards to tectonic and hydrologic hazards, and linking landsliding with both subsurface hydrology and vegetation. He has over 50 publications in leading international journals including Nature and Science, and has collaborated with both industry and government organizations on mitigating risk from natural hazards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK

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