Geomorphic Change Detection Software

GCD Topics

During the semester, we will cover the following GCD topics in fluvial geomorphology during our extended Monday afternoon sessions. Use the Page Contents navigation to find your topic.

As we cover topics, I will post and add slides below for your reference.


Week 1

Inroduction & Setup

We covered some very basic background, and made sure we had GCD properly installed.


Change Detection Applications

To motivate the interst in change detection, it is helpful to review a variety of applications (this is a very fluvially biased sample… sorry).


Traditional Geomorphic Change Detection

As to ‘dive right in’, and get your hands dirty with GCD, we did a quick demo of basic change detection techniques in ArcGIS with Raster Calculator, then did the same thing in GCD.


Week 2

High Resolution Repeat Topography to Support Change Detection

Backing up, to do geomorphic change detection requires high quality, high resolution repeat topography. We need to review how you get that.

- TUTORIAL Building DEMs from Topographic Survey Data

Background Reading on Change Detection & High Resolution Topography

To do geomorphic change detection, one needs to have repeat topographic survey. There are many ways to acquire topographic data and this paper by Bangen et al. (2014) reviews some of the most common methods to acquire topography for wadeable streams. Please skim Bangen et al. (2014) to get an appreciation of common ways to survey topography and what are there limitations.

High resolution topography (HRT) has become increasingly common from a variety of platforms. This review by Passalacqua et al. (2015) discusses some of the most common challenges associated with producing and analyzing HRT to do meaningful change detection (among other analyses). Please skim to get an appreciation of the diversity off HRT applications, but focus on the sections that talk about change detection applications.


Managing Raster Data for GCD

Unfortunately, simple raster based change detection requires doing a really good job of preparing and manaigng your raster data. We review some concepts and best practices to avoid the common pitfalls and make that simple subtraction problem work.


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