Automated mapping of hammond's landforms

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
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We automated a method for mapping Hammond's landforms over large landscapes using digital elevation data. We compared our results against Hammond's published landform maps, derived using manual interpretation procedures. We found general agreement in landform patterns mapped by the manual and the automated approaches, and very close agreement in characterization of local topographic relief. The two approaches produced different interpretations of intermediate landforms, which relied upon quantification of the proportion of landscape having gently sloping terrain. This type of computation is more efficiently and consistently applied by computer than human. Today's ready access to digital data and computerized geospatial technology provides a good foundation for mapping terrain features, but the mapping criteria guiding manual techniques in the past may not be appropriate for automated approaches. We suggest that future efforts center on the advantages offered by digital advancements in refining an approach to better characterize complex landforms.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Automated mapping of hammond's landforms
Series title IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
DOI 10.1109/LGRS.2005.848529
Volume 2
Issue 4
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher IEEE
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 5 p.
First page 384
Last page 388
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