Geography

Terrain Analysis and Digital Mapping

Module code: 846F8
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

Visualisation, interpretation and synthesis of spatial datasets is an essential requirement of geological and geomorphological assessment. This module will review the various sources of remote sensing and digital mapping data, software and interpretation methods, and thematic map outputs typically required of commercial projects. Project work will comprise collation, processing and terrain analysis for a site of choice, including terrestrial and subsea terrain.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • visualise, interpret and synthesise spatial datasets depicting terrain conditions.
  • summarise and evaluate the methods, problems and applicability of terrain analysis and digital mapping techniques.     
  • interpret the geomorphological processes that have shaped terrains and deposited sediments on it at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • assess specific examples of terrain conditions through mapping and report writing.   

Module learning outcomes

  • Visualise, interpret and synthesise spatial datasets depicting terrain conditions.
  • Summarise and evaluate the methods, problems and applicibility of terrain analysis and digital mapping techniques.
  • Interpret the geomorphological processes that have shaped terrains and deposited sediments on it at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Assess specific examples of terrain conditions through mapping and report writing.