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Section 2.6: Geomorphological mapping

Wed, 02 Oct 2013

Otto, J-C. and Smith, M.J. (2013)
In: Clarke, L. (Ed.) Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition). British Society for Geomorphology


Geomorphological mapping is regarded as a fundamental technique of the discipline producing valuable base data for geomorphological and environmental research and practice. Geomorphological maps can be considered graphical inventories of a landscape depicting landforms and surface as well as subsurface materials. Geomorphological mapping is a preliminary tool for land management and geomorphological risk management, also providing baseline data for other sectors of environmental research such as landscape ecology, forestry or soil science. The widespread distribution and extended graphical capabilities of GIS-software as well as the availability of high-resolution remote sensing data such as aerial and satellite imagery or digital elevation data has led to a rejuvenation of the method. This chapter outlines the history, creation and dissemination of geomorphological maps; it provides a brief overview of field and digital mapping techniques, as well as introductory information on cartographic principles applied to geomorphological mapping. Finally, there are a range of key references that can aid the reader by providing more in-depth information on selected topics.

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