Monday, 3 August 2015

A bit more on geomorphons, varying the 'inner search radius'

I had originally posted maps of DEMs of Cornwall and the Aberystwyth area of mid-Wales processed using Tomasz Stepinski et al.'s geomorphon method as descibed in the papers of: Stepinski+Jasiewicz 2011, Jasiewicz + Stepinski 2013.

Since then I have become aware of the 1 arcsecond SRTM data being available, so I have recalculated the geomorphons and here show the map of the same area of mid-Wales that the landcover assignment from my MSc was concerned with.

Using the search distance L=1500m, as did T. Stepinski in his geomorphon map of Poland (user guide), I varied the 'inner search radius' which determines the minimum distance the software looks, using 0, 2 and 4 cells. 1 cell is ~ 24m in the SRTM 1 arcsec data after conversion to OS grid reference coordinates.

Inner search radius 0m

In some of the flatter areas results are difficult to interpret. full-resolution image.

Inner search radius 2 cells (~50m)

Looking in Borth Bog, more of the area is shown as 'Flat' full-resolution image.

Inner search radius 4 cells (~100m)

As the inner search radius is expanded to 4 cells, most of the possibly spurious peaks in the flat area of Borth Bog disappear. full-resolution image.

I expect it would be interesting to combine it with the segmentation and classification with RSGISlib and to examine correlations between the landscape position of a location, and the land-cover.

1 comment:

  1. Very good - interesting as much to find atypical land cover instances as to discover what is typical. E.g. bracken on dead-flat ground, deciduous on high ridges - uncommon presumably (or is it?). V good.