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Geomorphology and Remote Sensing

GEOG 696

Theory and Application of Remote Sensing to Landform Analysis

This page contains all information relevant to the topics covered in lecture. Here you will find: (1) materials presented in lecture, (2) required readings for the class from the text and (3) links to additional readings and other web resources that illustrate topics covered in lectures. Information will be added as the semester progresses.

The weekly course schedule is provided below and a pdf version of the entire and most recent printed syllabus is also available.

While course presents specialized topics in the application of remote sensing to geomorphology, you may wish to consult my websites for courses in Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing for background information that is applicable to this course.

For some classes I may use computer aided presentations. I will place versions of my lecture notes on this page. These materials will be provided as Adobe Portable Document Format files which can be read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Some of the files may be password protected. All materials and are for your personal use only and as stated in the syllabus they may not be copied nor distributed without my permission.


Lecture Topics and Readings

Topic 1 - Introduction to the Course

There are no assigned readings for this week.

Topic 2 - The old and new a brief history of the use of remote sensing for studying geomorphology

  • Baker, V. Chapter 1 (Introduction to Regional Landform Analysis) in Geomorphology from Space by Short and Blair.
  • Colwell, Robert N. 1997. History and place of photographic interpretation in Manual of Photographic Intrpretation. Bethesda, Maryland: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 3-47. (to be provided)
  • Fischer, William A. 1975. History of Remote Sensing in Manual of Remote Sensing Vol. 1. Falls Church, Virginia: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 27-50. (to be provided)
  • Klein, A.G.. Remote Sensing in Geomorphology. In: A.S. Goudie (Editor), IAG Encyclopedia of Geomorphology. Routledge, London.
  • History of Remote Sensing by the Late John Estes
  • My lecture slides on a brief history can be downloaded from here

Topic 3 - The role of remote sensing/GIS in landform interpretation

The following are some recent papers which link remote sensing (and GIS) to geomorphology. They will form the basis of our class discussions.

To provide some additional background in Geomorphology please read Part I of Arthur Bloom's Geomorphology : a systematic analysis of late Cenozoic Landforms (3rd edition). This will be provided.

Topic 4 - Landform Analysis I - An Introduction to Landform interpretation

Two chapters from Paine, D.P. and Kiser, J.D. 2012. Aerial Photography and Image Interpretation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 632 pp. will serve as a soild foundation from which to build. This will hopefully be review for some of you. The two chapters are:

My lecture slides on introductory air photo interpretation can be downloaded here

Keser, N. 1976. Interpretation of Landforms from Aerial Photographs. Miscalleanous Report 56. Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, ISBN-0-7719-8135-X has a section on bedrock types and landforms that we will use as part of our analysis of Tectonic and Volcanic Landforms.

Two chapters in Geomorphology from Space are directly relevant. These are

My lecture slides on tectonic landforms can be downloaded here

I am also trying to find some other electronic sources about tectonic and volcanic landforms...will update so check back.

Topic 5 - Landform Analysis II - Wind and Water

While the following review does not explictedly deal with landforms, it is probably prudent to include a general discussion of applications of remote sensing in Hydrology as I find these approaches are applicable to people working in a variety of discplines. Therefore I will request people read the following paper.

Tang, Q., Gao, H., Liu H. and Lettenmaier, D. 2009. Remote Sensing: Hydrology. Progress in Physcial Geography 33(4): 490-509. doi: 10.1177/0309133309346650

I spent some time looking for a decent review of aeolin features and could not locate an all encomapssing review paper, but here is a recent review on one aspect of aeolian systems - dunes - which will serve as our introduction to this topic.

Hugenholtz, C.H., Levin, N., Barchyn, T.E. and Baddock M.C. 2012. Remote sensing and spatial analysis of aeolian sand dunes: A review and outlook. Earth Science Reviews 111(3-4): 319-324.

and while I do not expect people to read it, volume 121 issues 1-2 of Geomorphology is releated to Planetary Dune Systems and remote sensing is an important tool.

The following chapters in Geomorphology from Space are directly relevant. These are

Here are the powerpoint presentations I have made for a subset of the topics...

Topic 6 - Landform Analysis III - Glacial

While we will not necessary discuss this topic in the upcoming week, here are three recent review papers that tie advances in remote sensing to glaciology and glacial landforms together.

The following chapter in Geomorphology from Space is directly relevant

I have created two pretty decent powerpoint presentations on topics glaciological

Topic 7 - Spectroscopy of Rocks and Minerals

Topic 8 - Field Spectroscopy

  • McCoy, R.M. 2005. Field Methods in Remote Sensing. New York: The Guildford Press. Chapters 4 & 7
  • The Spectrometer we will be using is from ASD inc. You might wish to check out their website and their support section for documentation on the FieldSpec Pro spectrometer we are using in this class.
  • Some of the slides in Topic 7 relate to Field Spectroscopy so you can check the slides in the previous presentation out for this topic...

Topic 9 - Spectral Data Processing

Topic 10 - Digital Elevation Models and the Earth's Topography

Topic 10 - GIS and Geomorphometry (with an emphasis on mountains)

For this topic, I would like you to read two chapters from Bishop, M.P. and Shroder, J.F. 2004. Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology. The two chapters are

  • Rasemann, S., Schmidt, J. Schrott, L. and Dikau, R. Geomorphometry in mountain terrain
  • Montgomery, D.R. GIS in tectonic gemorphology and landscape evolution.

These chapters will be provided.

  • Lecture materials will be forthcoming


Lab Topics and Readings

Topic 1 - Interpretation of remote sensing images for landform analysis

Lab 1. Volcanic Landforms

Lab 2. Wind and Water Landforms

Lab 3. Glaciers and Glacial Landforms

Lab 4. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

The due date is November 21st


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