Geomorphometry 2011 - Announcement

Geomorphometry 2011: Five days of Digital Terrain Analysis (Conference + Workshops)

September 7-11, 2011 (Wednesday to Sunday)

Building Q, ESRI Campus Redlands (map),
California, USA


For urgent matters please contact: Melisa Salido (the conference secretary)

This event is sponsored by:


  1. John P. Wilson, University of Southern California
  2. Michael Gould, ESRI
  3. Ian S. Evans, Durham University
  4. Tomislav Hengl, Wageningen University and Research


  • Workshop proposals due: 1 Februrary 2011
  • Extended abstracts due: 1 March 2011
  • Late submission deadline: 15 March 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2011
  • Final camera-ready digital manuscripts due: 15 June 2011
  • Early registration deadline: 1st of July
  • Late registration deadline: at the conference (+$50 additional fee)


  1. H Mitasova (7.09 morning)
  2. J Gallant (8.09 morning)
  3. Q Zhou (8.09 morning)
  4. T Oguchi (9.09 morning)
  5. A-Xing Zhu (9.09 morning)


The aim of Geomorphometry 2011 is to bring together researchers to present and discuss recent developments in the field of quantitative modelling and analysis of elevation data. Geomorphometry is the science of quantitative land-surface analysis and description at diverse spatial scales. It draws upon mathematical, statistical and image-processing techniques and interfaces with many disciplines including hydrology, geology, planetary geomorphology, computational geometry, geomorphology, remote sensing, geographic information science and geography. The conference aims to attract leading researchers in geomorphometry presenting methodological advances in the field and to provide young researchers with an opportunity to present new results.
Redlands is in San Bernardino County and at the eastern end of the S. Californian metropolis, some 100 km east of Los Angeles. It is between ‘The Badlands’ and the San Bernardino Mountains, beyond which is the Mohave Desert.

The Geomorphometry 2011 conference will continue a series initiated by the Terrain Analysis and Digital Terrain Modelling conference hosted by Nanjing Normal University in November 2006 and University of Zurich in 2009.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Extraction of land-surface parameters from DEMs
  • Implications of novel DEM data sources
  • Identification and classification of land-surface objects
  • Uncertainty in geomorphometry
  • Planetary geomorphometry
  • Processing of LiDAR data
  • Semantics of land-surface description
  • 3D visualisation in geomorphometry
  • Implications of scale and resolution
  • Flow and hydrological modelling using DEMs
  • Efficient methods for application to large data sets
  • Novel applications of geomorphometry


The conference programme will be based around a single track of papers, all of which will have been subject to review in the form of extended abstracts by members of the scientific committee. The conference programme is available at:

  • Conference programme (oral talks; 20 minutes)

The proceedings will be made available both digitally and as printed working materials to attendees at the time of the conference and archived online. A selection of papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Transactions in GIS.


Geomorphometry will host two parallel workshops, each with ca. 5-10 attendees after the conference (Saturday day 4):

  • (Lucian Dragut & Clemens Eiseink) Discrete analysis of the land-surface: Burning issues and upcoming topics in linking geomorphometry with OBIA
  • (Tomislav Hengl & Carlos Grohmann) Automated analysis and visualization of elevation data using open source tools R+OSGeo

Workshops will take the form of either tutorials in a particular method or technique, or provide the opportunity for detailed discussion of upcoming topics. Workshops will be held in Lewis Hall rooms 102, 103, and/or 104. All rooms have ceiling-mounted 1080p-compatible projectors and screens, and white boards (and white board material cabinets covering 2-3 walls). Rooms 103 and 104 also have SmartBoards and auxiliary 42” 1080p monitors. For more info contact: Mark Kumler.


Prospective authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of up to 4 pages (ca 2000 words) by 1st of March 2011. Extended abstracts must be original works by the authors, not be currently under review in the same form by another outlet and not submitted elsewhere prior to the notification date.

  • Author guidelines

Authors that have missed the submission deadline for extended abstracts are invited to submit a poster. Up to 30 posters will be considered for a display during the poster blocks. For more info please read the author guidelines.

  • Submit a poster for the Conference


Registration fees (before 1st of July 2011):

  • $200.00 - Student Registration
  • $375.00 - Non-Student Registration
  • $300.00 - Student Registration w/ Workshop
  • $475.00 - Non-Student Registration w/ Workshop

*Click here to register. After you register for the conference and workshops, please add your name to the workshop pages -> sign-up (login to the, then go to the workshop of interest and select “sign-up”).


We recommend staying at some hotel in the vicinity of the ESRI campus. When you make your reservations, please indicate that you are with the Geomorphometry Conference in order to get the discounted conference rate.

Ayres Hotel (ca. $99 per night)
1015 W. Colton Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374

Comfort Suites (ca. $80 per night)
1230 W. Colton Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374

Country Inn & Suites
1650 Industrial Park Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373

Need help with organizing your trip? Let us know about your arrival/departure times.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (active reviewers)

  1. Alexander Brenning, University of Waterloo, Canada
  2. Lucian Dragut, University of Salzburg, Austria
  3. Ian Evans, Durham University, UK
  4. Igor V. Florinsky, Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology, Russia
  5. John Gallant, CSIRO, Australia
  6. Carlos H. Grohmann, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  7. Michael Gould, ESRI, USA
  8. Steve Kopp, ESRI, USA
  9. Robert A. MacMillan, ISRIC, the Netherlands
  10. Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA
  11. Brian Lees, University of New South Wales, Australia
  12. Allan James, University of South Carolina, USA
  13. Takashi Oguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  14. Scott Peckham, Rivix, USA
  15. Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  16. Hannes I. Reuter, ISRIC, the Netherlands
  17. Nicolas Tate, University of Leicester, UK
  18. Sebastiano Trevisani, University Iuav of Venice, Italy
  19. Lynn Usery, USGS Center for Excellence for GIS, USA
  20. John P. Wilson, University of Southern California, USA
  21. Jo Wood, City University, UK
  22. A-Xing Zhu, University of Wisconsin, USA

Interview with Jack Dangermond, the ESRI president

Jack Dangermond, the president of ESRI gave an interesting interview (he talks about the future of GIS and his vision of how the geoinfomation will be collected, processed and distributed) at the 2010 INTERGEO meeting in Colone, Germany. The complete interview can be watched from INTERGEO website. Go to the video player (“Impressionen von der INTERGEO”) then scroll down on the right side to “Talk mit Jack Dangermond”.

LiDAR10 Mapping Forum

The International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) took place in Denver CO from March 3-5 2010. The event drew more than 500 attendees and 60 exhibiting companies.The program placed both an emphasis on research and innovations. At ILMF 2009, ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) incorporated a special LiDAR ‘hot topics’ session that tackled the challenge of developing standards and best practices for the industry. The workshop was extremely well attended and they will be hosting another session at ILMF 2010.

For further information click here

41st International Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium

Geospatial Technologies & Geomorphological Mapping
October 15 to 17, 2010 - University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC

Tentative Program Schedule (subject to revision)

Friday, October 15th

  • 11:30-12:30 Registration
  • 12:30-5:00 Field trip to Congaree National Monument led by John Kupfer, Kimberly Meitzen, and Will Graf
  • 6:30-10:00 pm Icebreaker & Registration in Top of Carolina, Capstone Building (revolving restaurant with overview of Columbia)

Saturday, October 16

  • 7:30-8:30 Continental Breakfast & Poster Setup
  • 7:30-10:00 Registration and proceedings volume sales
    • 8:30-10:00 Session I - INTRODUCTIONS
    • 8:30 – 8:40 Welcome to Columbia – Will Graf, Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Arts and Sciences, USC
    • 8:40 – 9:10 Convocation: Taking the Measure of a Landscape - Alan D. Howard, University of Virginia.
    • 9:10 – 9:40 Introduction: Concepts, Issues, and Research Directions - Michael P. Bishop, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Stephen Walsh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Allan James, University South Carolina.
  • 9:40 – 10:10 Coffee Break & Poster Session I
  • 10:10-12:30 Session II – REMOTE SENSING, Methods and Technology
    • 10:10 – 10:40 Mapping Surface Mineralogy Using Imaging Spectrometry - Fred A. Kruse , University of Nevada, Reno.
    • 10:40 – 11:10 Airborne and Terrestrial LiDAR Technology for Assessing Topography, Michael Hodgson and John R. Jensen, University South Carolina.
    • 11:10 – 11:40 Microwave Remote Sensing, Scott Hensley, Jet Propulsion Lab.
    • 11:40 – 12:10 Recent Developments in Geophysical Methods for Landform Studies - Remke L. Van Dam, Michigan State University.
    • 12:10 – 12:30 Discussion
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch (BGS Steering Committee Meeting)
  • 1:30-3:30 Session III – REMOTE SENSING, Applications
    • 1:30 – 2:00 Making Riverscapes Real - Patrice Carbonneau, University of Durham; Mark A. Fonstad, Texas State University, San Marcos; W. Andrew Marcus, University of Oregon; S. J. Dugdale, APEM Ltd., Riverview, Embankment Business Park, Heaton Mersey, United Kingdom.
    • 2:00 – 2:30 High-Resolution Mapping and Modeling of Floodplains - James Brasington, University of Aberystwyth, UK.
    • 2:30 – 3:00 Snow distribution in the Wind River Range, Wyoming: the influence of topography and regional climate – Dorothy Hall, NASA
  • 3:00 – 3:30 Coffee Break & Poster Session II
    • 3:30 – 4:00 Geomorphometry, Landform Representations, and Geomorphic Mapping - Ian Evans, Durham University, UK.
    • 4:00 – 4:30 Digital Terrain Modeling - John Wilson, University of Southern California.
    • 4:30 – 4:30 Scientific Visualization of Landscape and Landforms - Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University.
    • 4:30 – 5:00 Discussion
  • 7:00-9:00 pm Banquet

Sunday, October 17th

  • 8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast & Poster Session III
    • 9:00 – 9:30 Spatial Analysis and Mapping in Geomorphology - Thomas R. Allen, East Carolina University.
    • 9:30 – 10:00 Soil Mapping and Modeling - Jon Pelletier, University of Arizona.
    • 10:00 – 10:30 GIS-based Hydrological Modeling and Mapping - Lawrence Band, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
    • 10:30 – 11:00 Landscape Evolution Modeling and Mapping - Peter Koons, University of Maine
    • 11:00 – 11:30 Geospatial Analysis and Time: Historical Reconstructions and Change Detection - Allan James and Subhajit Ghoshal, University of South Carolina, Mary Megison, Michael Singer, and Rolf Aalto.
    • 11:30-12:00 - Discussion
  • 12:00 Adjourn

Uncertainty of stream networks derived from elevation data

Short title: streams_error

A Sextante implementation of these algorithms called FlowTools can be obtained here (contributed by Daniel Nüst). The project report can be downloaded as a PDF. You can access the Eclipse project “flowTools” in the following public Subversion repository:

You can also download an initial version (might be outdated!) of the project folder as a zip file (12).

Purpose and use:

Extraction of stream networks from a DEM using error propagation technique.

Programming environment: R / S language
Status of work: Public Domain
Reference: On the uncertainty of stream networks derived from elevation data: the error propagation approach
Data set name: Baranja hill


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