Geomorphology, Geology & Geophysics


GIS / WebGIS / Geovisualisation

  • Geomorphic WebGIS Turtmanntal - The Turtmanntal WebGIS visualizes the outcome of several years of geomorphological research of the Research Training Group 437 – “Landform – a structured and variable boundary layer” at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn. At this first stage mainly information from the geomorphological map 1:25.000 Turtmann Valley is presented. However, more information regarding permafrost distribution, sediment volumes and geophysical soundings will be included in the future.
  • Geomorphic WebGIS - The web presence of provides an easy and fast access to the geomorphological maps of Germany. More than 30 maps are available at two different scales. The interested user can view all maps in an interactive viewer; furthermore, there is free access to a detailed bibliography on geomorphological mapping and a set of gemorphological mapping symbols. Maps, booklets and other materials are provided for free.
  • Geomorphic WebGIS Reintal - Within the Reintal WebGIS, the nature trail "Geomorphologischer Lehrpfad am Fuße der Zugspitze" can be crossed virtually! Furthermore it visualizes the outcomes of the research project "Sediment cascades of alpine geosystems". On the base of different orthophotos, topographical and geological maps or shaded reliefs, it presents the spatial distribution of sediment storage types in the Reintal basin drawing on information about topography, hydrology, geophysical soundings, etc.
  • WebGIS - Within the project the permafrost distribution in austria will be modelled. The WebGIS visualizes the outcome of a pilot study carried out by our working group.
  • Some interesting web map services: Soil maps of Germany, Geologic units of Germany, WMS list Deutschlandviewer, WMS list of Hesse, WMS list of North Rhine-Westphalia, WMS list of Bavaria, WMS list of Baden-Württemberg, WMS list of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • GIS 4 Geomorphology - Sky Cooley compiled a lot of great GIS lessons and tutorials which are primary aimed at the graduate student in the Geosciences whose research involves DEMs, mountainous landscapes and watersheds. GIS lessons include, for example, calculation of Local Relief, Terrain Roughness, Channel & Hillslope Relief, Basin Relief Ratio, Drainage Density or Slope-Area Plots. Really nice work with a good selection of excellently described lessions.
  • SEXTANTE - a spatial data analysis library and a powerful geoprocessing framework that provides a platform for the easy implementation, deployment and usage of rich geoprocessing functionality. Good stuff - check it out.
  • Blender - a free and open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
  • Blender Sensor Simulation (BlenSor) - free and open source simulation package for Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR/LADAR) sensors.
  • Paul Cote's GIS Manual "Cultivating Spatial Intelligence" (Harvard University Graduate School of Design)

Images / Field trips

  • Some galleries of field work and hiking images using the Flickr photo sharing application
  • Imaging Earth's surface - NSF-supported, free web based archive of photographs useful for teaching and learning about Geomorphology
  • imaggeo - open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union


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