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1st Edition

Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology

ISBN 9781439830482
Published June 6, 2011 by CRC Press
398 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With recent innovations in the arena of remote sensing and geographic information systems, the use of geoinformatics in applied geomorphology is receiving more attention than ever. Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology examines how modern concepts, technologies, and methods in geoinformatics can be used to solve a wide variety of applied geomorphologic problems, such as characterization of arid, coastal, fluvial, aeolian, glacial, karst, and tectonic landforms; natural hazard zoning and mitigations; petroleum exploration; and groundwater exploration and management.

Using case studies to illustrate concepts and methods, this book covers:

  • Arid environments, such as the Thar desert, West Texas, the Qatar Peninsula, and the Dead Sea areas
  • Coastal shoreline changes in Kuwait
  • Coastal zone management in India
  • Estuarine bathymetric study of Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Fluvial landforms of the Elbe river basin, Germany
  • Subsurface coastal geomorphology and coastal morphological changes due to tsunamis in the East coast of India
  • The Himalayas, Jammu & Kashmir, Western Ghats, and Precambrian terrain of South India

The result of extensive research by an interdisciplinary team of contributors, Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology is designed for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of geomorphology, geological engineering, geography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.

Table of Contents

Geoinformatics: An Overview and Recent Trends
C. Jeganathan

Airborne Laser Scanning and High-Resolution Satellite Data for Geomorphological Mapping in Parts of Elbe River Valley, Germany

S. Anbazhagan, Marco Trommler, and Elmar Csaplovics

Geoinformatics in Spatial and Temporal Analyses of Wind Erosion in Thar Desert
Amal Kar

Remote Sensing and GIS for Coastal Zone Management: Indian Experience

Debashis Mitra

Kuwait Coastline Evolution during 1989–2007

S. Neelamani, Saif ud din, and Siddan Anbazhagan

Detecting Estuarine Bathymetric Changes with Historical Nautical Data and GIS
Xiaojun Yang and Tao Zhang

High-Resolution Mapping, Modeling, and Evolution of Subsurface Geomorphology Using Ground-Penetrating Radar Techniques

Victor J. Loveson and Anup R. Gjuar

Remote Sensing in Tectonic Geomorphic Studies: Selected Illustrations from the Northwestern Frontal Himalaya, India
G. Philip

Strain Accumulation Studies between Antarctica and India by Geodetically Tying the Two Continents with GPS Measurements
N. Ravi Kumar, E.C. Malaimani, S.V.R.R. Rao, A. Akilan, and K. Abilash

Indian Ocean Basin Deformation Studies by Episodic GPS Campaigns in the Islands Surrounding India
E.C. Malaimani, N. Ravi Kumar, A. Akilan, and K. Abilash

Remote Sensing and GIS in Groundwater Evaluation in Hilly Terrain of Jammu and Kashmir

G.S. Reddy, S.K. Subramanian, and P.K. Srivastava

Remote Sensing in Delineating Deep Fractured Aquifer Zones
S. Anbazhagan, Balamurugan Guru, and T.K. Biswal

Remote Sensing and GIS for Locating Artificial Recharge Structures for Groundwater Sustainability

S.K. Subramanian and G.S. Reddy

A Fuzzy Arithmetic Approach to Characterize Aquifer Vulnerability Considering Geologic Variability and Decision-Makers’ Imprecision

Venkatesh Uddameri and Vivekanand Honnungar

Remote Sensing and GIS in Petroleum Exploration

D.S. Mitra

Geoinformatics in Terrain Analysis and Landslide Susceptibility Mapping in Part of Western Ghats, India

S. Anbazhagan and K.S. Sajinkumar

Impact of Tsunami on Coastal Morphological Changes in Nagapattinam Coast, India

E. Saranathan, V. Rajesh Kumar, and M. Kannan

Remote Sensing for Glacier Morphological and Mass Balance Studies

Pratima Pandey and G. Venkataraman

Geomorphology and Development Mechanism of Sinkholes in Arid Regions with Emphasis on West Texas, Qatar Peninsula, and Dead Sea Area

Fares M. Howari and Abdulali Sadiq


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Prof. Siddan Anbazhagan is Director, Centre for Geoinformatics and Planetary studies, and Head, Department of Geology at Periyar University, India. He obtained PhD from Bharathidasan University (1995) and was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for his post-doctoral research in Germany. Dr. Anbazhagan’s research interests include remote sensing and GIS for applied geomorphology, hydrogeology and disaster mitigation. His current area of interest is planetary remote sensing. His research has been funded by ISRO, DST, MHRD and UGC. Anbazhagan has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications including an edited book on Exploration Geology and Geoinformatics. He serves as a reviewer for several remote sensing, environmental and water resources journals. He currently serves as Syndicate member and Coordinator for Research & Development in the Periyar University.

Dr. S.K.Subramanian is a Senior Scientist, heading Hydrogeology Division at National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, India, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He completed his higher education from IIT Bombay and Indian School of Mines. Dr. Subramanian has more than 30 years of professional experience in Remote Sensing and Geomorphology. He has coordinated number of National mission projects including Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD), National (Natural) Resources Information System (NRIS), Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM) and National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) especially in Geomorphology and Groundwater. In addition, he has been involved in several research projects including geomorphologic evolution of West Coast, mass movement in the Kosi catchment, geomorphology of Nepal, Chambal Ayacut of Rajasthan state and integrated studies and mapping of Dubai, UAE. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 publications.

Xiaojun Yang is within the Geography Department of Florida State University, USA. He obtained BS in Geology from the Chinese University of Geosciences (CUG) (1986), MS in Paleontology from CUG's Beijing Graduate School (1989), MS in Applied Geomorphology from ITC (1995), and PhD in Geography from the University of Georgia (2000). His research interest includes the development of geospatial information science and technologies with applications in environmental and urban domains. His research has been funded by EPA, NSF, and NASA. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications including three books and six journal theme/special issues. He was Guest Editor for Environmental Management, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Photogrametrical Engineering and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Remote Sensing, and Computer, Environment and Urban Systems. He currently serves as Chair, Commission on Mapping from Satellite Imagery, International Cartographic Association.