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Lava Flow Roughness on the 2014–2015 Lava Flow-Field at Holuhraun, Iceland, Derived from Airborne LiDAR and Photogrammetry

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Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iceland, Hjardarhagi 2-7, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Geosciences 2020, 10(4), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10040125
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 22 March 2020 / Accepted: 27 March 2020 / Published: 31 March 2020
Roughness can be used to characterize the morphologies of a lava flow. It can be used to identify lava flow features, provide insight into eruption conditions, and link roughness pattern across a lava flow to emplacement conditions. In this study, we use both the topographic position index (TPI) and the one-dimensional Hurst exponent (H) to derive lava flow unit roughness on the 2014–2015 lava field at Holuhraun using both airborne LiDAR and photogrammetric datasets. The roughness assessment was acquired from four lava flow features: (1) spiny lava, (2) lava pond, (3) blocky surface, and (4) inflated channel. The TPI patterns on spiny lava and inflated channels show that the intermediate TPI values correspond to a small surficial slope indicating a flat and smooth surface. Lava pond is characterized by low to high TPI values and forms a wave-like pattern. Meanwhile, irregular transitions patterns from low to high TPI values indicate a rough surface that is found in blocky surface and flow margins. The surface roughness of these lava features falls within the H range of 0.30 ± 0.05 to 0.76 ± 0.04. The roughest surface is the blocky, and inflated lava flows appear to be the smoothest surface among these four lava units. In general, the Hurst exponent values in the 2014–2015 lava field at Holuhraun has a strong tendency in 0.5, both TPI and Hurst exponent successfully derive quantitative flow roughness. View Full-Text
Keywords: lava roughness; TPI; Hurst exponent; LiDAR; photogrammetry lava roughness; TPI; Hurst exponent; LiDAR; photogrammetry
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Aufaristama, M.; Höskuldsson, Á.; Ulfarsson, M.O.; Jónsdóttir, I.; Thordarson, T. Lava Flow Roughness on the 2014–2015 Lava Flow-Field at Holuhraun, Iceland, Derived from Airborne LiDAR and Photogrammetry. Geosciences 2020, 10, 125.

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