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Charting the course for future developments in marine geomorphometry: an introduction to the special issue

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Lucieer, V ORCID: 0000-0001-7531-5750, Lecours, V and Dolan, MFJ 2018 , 'Charting the course for future developments in marine geomorphometry: an introduction to the special issue' , Geosciences, vol. 8, no. 12 , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.3390/geosciences8120477.

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The use of spatial analytical techniques for describing and classifying seafloor terrainhas become increasingly widespread in recent years, facilitated by a combination of improvedmapping technologies and computer power and the common use of Geographic Information Systems.Considering that the seafloor represents 71% of the surface of our planet, this is an important steptowards understanding the Earth in its entirety. Bathymetric mapping systems, spanning a varietyof sensors, have now developed to a point where the data they provide are able to capture seabedmorphology at multiple scales, opening up the possibility of linking these data to oceanic, geological,and ecological processes. Applications of marine geomorphometry have now moved beyond thesimple adoption of techniques developed for terrestrial studies. Whilst some former challengeshave been largely resolved, we find new challenges constantly emerging from novel technology andapplications. As increasing volumes of bathymetric data are acquired across the entire ocean floor atscales relevant to marine geosciences, resource assessment, and biodiversity evaluation, the scientificcommunity needs to balance the influx of high-resolution data with robust quantitative processingand analysis techniques. This will allow marine geomorphometry to become more widely recognizedas a sub-discipline of geomorphometry as well as to begin to tread its own path to meet the specificchallenges that are associated with seabed mapping. This special issue brings together a collection ofresearch articles that reflect the types of studies that are helping to chart the course for the future ofmarine geomorphometry.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lucieer, V and Lecours, V and Dolan, MFJ
Keywords: mulitbeam acoustic mapping, bathymetry, digital terrain analysis, geomorphometry, geomorphology, habitat mapping, marine remote sensing
Journal or Publication Title: Geosciences
Publisher: MDPIAG
ISSN: 2076-3263
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/geosciences8120477
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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