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Quantitative interrogation of high-resolution DTMs (co-organized)
Convener: Wolfgang Schwanghart  | Co-Conveners: Paolo Tarolli , Tobias Heckmann 
Mon, 13 Apr, 13:30–15:00

Analysing bedrock river profiles using chi-plots

Digital elevation models (DEMs) are the foundation of many studies in geomorphology. Methods to quantitatively interrogate these data are thus one of the keys to understanding the processes that shape the Earth and their driving forces. River profiles in particular have attracted the attention of geomorphologists as their shape reflects the tectonic and climatic past. Extracting and analysing river profiles from DEMs, however, is challenged by noisy topographic data often affected by artifacts.

In this workshop, we will explore various techniques to extract and analyse river profiles from DEMs to account for the problems associated with DEMs in high mountain landscapes. We will use TopoToolbox, a software written in MATLAB language for the analysis of DEMs (Schwanghart and Scherler, 2014) and go through the entire work flow including preprocessing a DEM and deriving and modifying river networks. Finally, we aim at calculating Chi-plots, a new technique to analyse bedrock river profiles and alternative to slope-area plots which is less sensitive to noisy topographic data (Perron and Royden, 2012).

Participants are invited to bring their own laptops to work hands-on on the data and code. TopoToolbox requires MATLAB with a version newer than R2011b including the Image Processing Toolbox. Basic knowledge in MATLAB is an advantage but not a requirement.

TopoToolbox V2 can be downloaded at Data and code used in the workshop will be published on a couple of days before the workshop.