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    CDW photogrammetry of low relief fluvial features: accuracy and implications for reach‐scale sediment budgeting

    Heritage, George and Fuller, I. and Charlton, Martin and Brewer, Paul and Passmore, David (1998) CDW photogrammetry of low relief fluvial features: accuracy and implications for reach‐scale sediment budgeting. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 23 (13). pp. 1219-1233. ISSN 0197-9337

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    Terrestrial photogrammetry enables rapid survey to be undertaken in the fluvial environment, a crucial factor when assessing highly dynamic features. In addition, it permits the generation of terrain surfaces at a level of detail which, given equal time constraints in the field, far exceeds the detail permitted by conventional tacheometric survey. This study details the levels of accuracy that can be achieved using the RolleiMetric Close-range Digital Workstation (CDW) photogrammetric survey technique on a variety of low relief fluvial geomorphic features (lateral, point and mid-channel bars) ranging from 10 m2 to 100 m2. The CDW software processes image data from an array of photographs and establishes a set of three-dimensional co-ordinates for the photographed object. The accuracies achieved across all bar surfaces were well within the resolution defined by the maximum size of the gravel on the bar surface (mean errors were between 0·026 and 0·057 m). The use of CDW photogrammetry does not require experienced personnel; however, care must be taken during the survey to minimize edge effects and to ensure that target density is sufficient to produce a terrain model that is accurate to within the limits of the surface sediment size. Guidance on target density as a function of terrain roughness is given to aid the user. A methodology is suggested that will allow CDW to be incorporated into sediment budgeting techniques, improving the level of achievable accuracy.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: photogrammetry; sediment budgeting; surveying; bars;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Item ID: 6101
    Identification Number:<1219::AID-ESP927>3.0.CO;2-R
    Depositing User: Martin Charlton
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 15:52
    Journal or Publication Title: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
    Refereed: Yes

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