Book Chapter

Topographic Field Surveying in Geomorphology

DM Kennedy

Treatise on Geomorphology | Published : 2013


Measurement of landscape form is a fundamental technique for geomorphologists. A range of surveying equipment is available, with this chapter focussing on the common surveying systems encountered by researchers and students, namely engineer's/auto level, electronic distance meter, total station, and terrestrial laser scanner. The choice of which type of instrument is to be used in the field will depend on: (1) the accuracy required; (2) field conditions; (3) reliability of benchmarks; (4) instrument ruggedness; and (5) facilities for post-field data analysis. This chapter is not a substitute for a professional surveying degree, but aims to outline the basic principles of surveying for a geom..

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