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Geosciences 2018, 8(3), 94; doi:10.3390/geosciences8030094

Unified Geomorphological Analysis Workflows with Benthic Terrain Modeler

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Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 7 March 2018 / Accepted: 8 March 2018 / Published: 11 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Geomorphometry)
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High resolution remotely sensed bathymetric data is rapidly increasing in volume, but analyzing this data requires a mastery of a complex toolchain of disparate software, including computing derived measurements of the environment. Bathymetric gradients play a fundamental role in energy transport through the seascape. Benthic Terrain Modeler (BTM) uses bathymetric data to enable simple characterization of benthic biotic communities and geologic types, and produces a collection of key geomorphological variables known to affect marine ecosystems and processes. BTM has received continual improvements since its 2008 release; here we describe the tools and morphometrics BTM can produce, the research context which this enables, and we conclude with an example application using data from a protected reef in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. View Full-Text
Keywords: geomorphometry; terrain analysis; bathymetry; surface roughness; benthic habitat mapping; python geomorphometry; terrain analysis; bathymetry; surface roughness; benthic habitat mapping; python

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Walbridge, S.; Slocum, N.; Pobuda, M.; Wright, D.J. Unified Geomorphological Analysis Workflows with Benthic Terrain Modeler. Geosciences 2018, 8, 94.

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