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Integrated Geomorphological and Geospatial Analysis for Mapping Fluvial Landforms in Murge Basse Karst of Apulia (Southern Italy)

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Freelance Researcher, Via De Cristoforis, 29, 70044 Polignano a Mare (BA), Italy
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CNR—Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali (IBAM), C/da S. Loja 85050, Tito Scalo, 85100 Potenza, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, via E. Orabona, 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Geosciences 2019, 9(10), 418; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9100418
Received: 20 August 2019 / Revised: 20 September 2019 / Accepted: 23 September 2019 / Published: 26 September 2019
An integrated geomorphological and geospatial study was performed in order to map fluvial landforms in a sector of Lama Lamasinata close to the town of Binetto in the Murge Basse karst (metropolitan area of Bari, Apulia, Southern Italy). This study describes a combined approach, based on geomorphological fieldwork and topographical position index (TPI)-based landform classification, aimed at identifying the main landforms in an anthropically-modified environment, which suffered a progressive transformation of original morphologies. The resulting geomorphological map of fluvial features was then compared with the available cartography in order to highlight the main strength of the applied methodology in mapping fluvial landforms. Moreover, semi-automatic landform classification was performed for the entire catchment of the Lama Lamasinata in order to evaluate the usefulness of the approach for the fast and objective delimitation of widespread geomorphological elements of the Murge area such as flat-bottomed valleys with steep- or gently-dipping flanks and relict incised valleys. We demonstrated that such an approach can efficiently support land use planning in an area affected by hydrogeological hazards. View Full-Text
Keywords: geomorphological mapping; geospatial analysis; fluvial landforms; Murge karst; Apulia region; Southern Italy geomorphological mapping; geospatial analysis; fluvial landforms; Murge karst; Apulia region; Southern Italy
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Teofilo, G.; Gioia, D.; Spalluto, L. Integrated Geomorphological and Geospatial Analysis for Mapping Fluvial Landforms in Murge Basse Karst of Apulia (Southern Italy). Geosciences 2019, 9, 418.

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