Digital Hillslope Position as an Alternative Method for Soil Mapping: A Case Study for Soil Surface Properties and Topsoil Thickness in Iowa

A statistical comparison of soil properties classified via Digital Hillslope Position and Floodplain algorithm vs. gSSURGO and Iowa physiographic regions.

Digital classification of hillslope position

Classification of elevation rasters with this digital model of hillslope position represent base maps that can be used to (1) improve research on toposequences by providing explicit definitions of each hillslope element’s location, (2) facilitate the disaggregation of soil map unit complexes, and (3) identify map unit inclusions that occur due to subtle topographic variation.

Semantic calibration of digital terrain analysis scale

DTA has not been field tested to the extent that traditional field metrics of topography have been. Human assessment of topography synthesizes multiple parameters at multiple scales to characterize a landscape, based on field experience. In order to capture the analysis scale used by field scientists, this study introduces a method for calibrating the analysis scale of DTA to field assessments.

Relief Analysis Toolbox

The central purpose of this toolbox is to provide ArcGIS users a convenient way to calculate hillslope position from elevation grids. However, the Relief Analysis Toolbox also includes some other ArcGIS models that may be of interest to anyone working with landscape and landform segmentation. The main features of this toolbox are: hillslope position (calibrated to …Continue reading “Relief Analysis Toolbox”