Monday, November 21, 2016

MORPH project: analysing surface morphology changes

The FWF project MORPH (Mapping, monitoring and modelling the spatio-temporal dynamics of land surface morphology) started at the beginning of November 2016. The project team seeks to develop novel methods for mapping, monitoring and modelling spatial-temporal dynamics of surface morphology including the analysis of various optical and radar remote sensing data.

MORPH focuses on the investigation of landslides and volcanic deposits in two study areas in Iceland, which are highly dynamic in their geomorphic evolution and characterized by progressive mass displacements and surface deformation. One major objective is the development of an efficient object-based image analysis (OBIA) method for the multi-scale mapping of slope instabilities and volcanic deposits. The method aims to be transferable across various sensing data and at the same time automated in order to be able to analyse time series for monitoring spatio-temporal changes of land surface morphology.

The MORPH project benefits from a close collaboration with researchers from the University of Iceland. Daniel Hölbling (Z_GIS) was invited to attend the mid-term workshop of the EMMIRS (Environmental Mapping and Monitoring of Iceland by Remote Sensing) project beginning of November in Iceland. The workshop was an ideal opportunity to share experiences and become familiar with the characteristics and the evolution of the Hekla study site.

Contact: Dirk Tiede, Daniel Hölbling

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