Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
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
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
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
These chapters will be provided.
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