Short Course on Quantifying Geomorphic Change in the Environment

Lleida • 9-10 June 2016


Over the last decade, the advent of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, structure-from-motion photogrammetry, RTK-GPS and multi-beam sonar have enabled the development of very high-resolution topographic models of river systems and their catchments. These next-generation Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) capture the fine, particle-scale detail of the Earth’s surface and provide the ideal tool to quantify how landscapes evolve by comparing DEMs derived from repeat surveys. The development of these so-called DEMs of Difference (DoDs), offers a means to measure precisely patterns of erosion and deposition, surface deformation, derive landscape sediment budgets and estimate sediment transport rates in rivers indirectly.

As the availability, size and complexity of DEMs continues to grow, it is increasingly important to understand and master new data processing workflows that can facilitate DEM change detection and also account for DEM uncertainty. To this end, the Geomorphic Change Detection (GCD) software suite ( allows streamlining the process of evaluating topographic change in a user friendly GIS environment.


Participation will be limited to 30 delegates with places offered on a first come, first served basis, through the registration provided below.

Participants are required to bring a laptop; the necessary software and datasets will be provided. Participants are expected to have some GIS experience, and familiarity with ArcGIS. See for pre-requisites and computer requirements. Instruction will be in English.

Organised by the Fluvial Dynamics Research Group (, University of Lleida; the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab, Utah State University; and the School of Geography at the Queen Mary University of London.

Dr. Damia Vericat (Lleida University)
Dr Joe Wheaton (Utah State University),
Prof. James Brasington (Queen Mary University of London)


More information: http:/ or contact Damià Vericat ( or Joe Wheaton ( for specific questions.

COST: 450 Euros; 250 Euros for graduate students (paid in advance).

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016 or when full.

Pre-registration: or Click here. (Please note that our university will send you an email indicating what you need to do to finalize the registration process).

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