Elevation Models for Geoscience

Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 21:41:10

I presented at the Elevation Models for Geoscience one-day meeting at the Geological Society last week. DEMs are increasingly permeating the geoscience arena and this conference came out of a highly successful internal meeting at the British Geological Survey last summer that discussed the application of NEXTMap UK DEM data. As an aside, I find that one-day conferences are often the most enjoyable and beneficial events to attend (as well as the cheapest!). The Geological Society is also an excellent venue (and convenient to get to).

The day saw a variety of presentations using different elevation datasets in different application areas. The tone was set with a very good key note speech from Dr Robert Crippen of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This outlined the history, scope and applications of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. Further talks from government agencies (British Geological Survey, Environment Agency), academics (Royal Holloway, Liege, Durham) and commercial organisations (Halcrow Group) provided an integrated set of talks demonstrating the variety in application.

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