Advancing understanding of geomorphology with topographic analysis emphasizing high resolution topography

A short course
University of Potsdam - Golm
Seminar Room Golm Library
Monday, June 12, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017
Supported by
: Strategy, TopoToolbox, Geo-X, University of Potsdam, and OpenTopography

Instructors:
Wolfgang Schwanghart, University of Potsdam
Ramón Arrowsmith, Arizona State University
Bodo Bookhagen, University of Potsdam
Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO

Organizers:
Ramón Arrowsmith, Arizona State University
Henry Wichura, University of Potsdam

Overview:
This course will focus on advanced understanding of geomorphology with topographic analysis emphasizing high-resolution topography. The course will take place at campus Golm (UP) and includes theoretical background and analysis of digital topography using TopoToolbox in a Matlab environment.

Software we will use:
Matlab
+Standard distribution toolboxes: Statistical and Image Processing
+Additional toolboxes if possible: Curve Fitting, Optimization, and Mapping
ArcGIS--ArcMap and ArcScene
CloudCompare

This software should be installed on your computer. We will have several machines to share and loan if there are problems.

Course Objectives:

  • Achieve a general understanding of sources and characteristics of digital elevation model data
  • Appreciate major applications of topograhic analysis in geosciences, emphasizing geomorphology
  • Increase fluency with topographic analysis tools (esp. TopoToolbox)
  • Apply understanding to student's own projects

DRAFT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Each block will have lectures, computer demonstrations, and moderated discussion. All sessions will be at Potsdam University, Golm. Morning sessions begin at 8:30 am.

MONDAY JUNE 12th

Time

Topic (Instructor)

8:30-12:30 Introduction to the course
-Course logistics and administration; including introduction of student or group projects for the course (Arrowsmith)
-Students introduce themselves with one slide (3 minutes) that is provided in advance (Arrowsmith moderates)
-Science motivations lectures (all)
13:30-17:30 Data overview
-ArcMap or Matlab review of basic products: DEM (DTM/DSM)s, hillshades, slope maps (Arrowsmith and Schwanghart)
-OpenTopography demonstration (Crosby)
-Exercise/discussion: what do you need for your project? What are the considerations? (All)

TUESDAY JUNE 13th

Time

Topic (Instructor)

8:30-12:30 TopoToolbox overview and DEM processing considerations (Schwanghart)
-Exercise/discussion: Compute topographic roughness, relief, etc. as simple metrics (Schwanghart and Arrowsmith)
13:30-17:30 Drainage networks, DEM preprocessing, hydrologic correction (Schwanghart)
-Exercise/discussion: DEM selection and preprocessing Schwanghart and Arrowsmith)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 14th

Time

Topic (Instructor)

8:30-12:30 Tectonic geomorphology
-Overview and topographic metrics (Arrowsmith)
-Knickpoint detection (Bookhagen)
-Field methods for calibration (CRN and Low Temperature Thermochron) (Arrowsmith and Bookhagen)
-Exercise/discussion: Discuss strategies for integrated analysis of tectonic geomorphology (All)
13:30-17:30 Topotoolbox-guided calculation of Chi and Ksn distributions (Schwanghart)
-Exercise/discussion: set up and start own project analysis (All)

THURSDAY JUNE 15th

Time

Topic (Instructor)

8:30-12:00--Course ends at NOON Student individual or group presentations
-5-10 minutes each with basic text and graphics on problem of interest, analyses completed, and results. Brief discussion and feedback (All)

Additional links:
STRATEGY web site
Course Flyer