Raster-Based Analysis

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Raster-based analysis on two or more DEMs can provide information about change patterns and trends. A common approach to mapping elevation change between two surveys is DEM differencing, performed by map algebra within GIS (r.mapcalc in GRASS). For a larger number of elevation data snapshots, per cell statistics can be applied to the raster DEMs to derive summary maps, which reveal the spatial patterns of stable and dynamic sites, the time periods when sites reach their highest or lowest elevations, and the trends in elevation change.


Sand Dune Elevation Change Core Surface Envelope Surface Raster Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric SciencesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.Center for Geospatial AnalyticsNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  4. 4.Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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