The book presents a selection of papers given at the International Symposium on “Landform – structure, evolution process control“, Bonn, June 2007. The meeting brought together senior experts and young researchers from various disciplines working on landform related issues in order to discuss the crucial role played by landform as a boundary surface between atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and lithosphere. The book combines introductory/overview papers and case studies. The case studies present various new approaches towards a better understanding of the role of landform as a boundary surface. Additionally, new methods of handling, modelling and visualisation of landform data (incl. digital elevation models, weather forecasting models, hydrological models, and ecological models) are presented.
About the Author
Prof. Richard Dikau has a full professorship at the department of geography. His scientific focus includesthe study of geomorphology, geomorphometry, permafrost research and natural hazards. From 1998–2007 he was the chair of the interdisciplinary research training group 437 “Landform – a structured and variable boundary layer”.
Dr. Jan-Christoph Otto works on high mountain geomorphology and sediment budgets. He is a former member of the research training group 437 “Landform – a structured and variable boundary layer” and graduated within this programme on high mountain sediment storage and sediment budgets.
Table of ContentsCartographic Relief Presentation Revisited – Forty Years after Eduard Imhof.- New GML-Based Application Schema for Landforms, Processes and Their Interaction.- Semi-Automatic Digital Landform Mapping.- A Perona-Malik Type Method in Shape Generalization of Digital Elevation Models.- The Role of Landscape Processes within the Climate System.- The Impact of Landform Structure on the Formation of Fog – Numerical Simulations with COSMO-FOG.- Influence of Drainage Parameterization and Precipitation Analysis on Discharge Simulation in the Sieg River Catchment.- Landform – Hydrology Feedbacks.- Hydrological Analyses as a Prerequisite for Soil Erosion Modeling – Landscape Related Studies in a Mesoscale Hydrological Catchment.- Snow Cover Duration in Relation to Topography in the Loetschental, Switzerland.- Sediment Transfer in Steep Upland Catchments (Northern England, UK): Landform and Sediment Source Coupling.- Volume Estimation, Kinematics and Sediment Transfer Rates of Active Rockglaciers in the Turtmann Valley, Switzerland.- Patterns of Multiannual Aggradation of Permafrost in Rock Walls with and Without Hydraulic Interconnectivity (Steintälli, Valley of Zermatt, Swiss Alps).- Resilience, Integrity and Ecosystem Dynamics: Bridging Ecosystem Theory and Management.- Analyzing Spatio-Temporal Hydrological Processes and Related Gradients to Improve Hydrological Modeling in High Mountains.