Special Issue "Marine Geomorphometry"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Vanessa Lucieer

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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Interests: benthic habitat mapping; multibeam bathymetry; acoustic backscatter; GEOBIA; geomorphometry; spatial analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Margaret Dolan

Geological Survey of Norway
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Interests: seabed mapping; multibeam data; terrain analysis; benthic habitat mapping; spatial analysis; geomorphometry
Guest Editor
Dr. Vincent Lecours

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32653, USA
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Interests: GIS; remote sensing; habitat mapping; geomorphometry; spatial data quality; image analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geomorphometry, the science of quantitative terrain analysis, originated in terrestrial investigations; however, many of the methods used in these investigations have also proven applicable in marine environments. The rise in the acquisition of high-resolution seabed data using acoustic systems and bathymetric LiDAR has prompted a growing interest in employing geomorphometric techniques to investigate the seafloor.

The aim of this Special Issue of Geosciences is to showcase quantitative geomorphological analysis techniques for geoscientific research and investigation of the seafloor. We invite contributions addressing all aspects of marine geomorphometry, from data collection and processing to the derivation of terrain attributes/features and their use in an applied context. Relevant topics for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, new methods for terrain characterization and classification, 3D geomorphometric visualizations, the links between seafloor topography and processes occurring in the surrounding marine environment (water column, sub-surface), and issues related to spatial scale and data quality. We welcome applied studies using marine geomorphometry as part of their workflow (e.g., habitat mapping, geomorphology, geohazards modelling, submarine archaeology). Technical review articles, and submissions reviewing the challenges faced by this thriving field of research are also welcomed.

Dr. Vanessa Lucieer
Dr. Margaret Dolan
Dr. Vincent Lecours
Guest Editors

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  • GIS
  • seabed mapping
  • marine geology
  • spatial analysis
  • marine processes
  • spatial scale
  • submarine topography
  • seafloor remote sensing
  • marine geomorphology
  • geomorphometry
  • terrain analysis
  • bathymetry
  • structure-from-motion
  • multibeam echosounder
  • bathymetric lidar

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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