Landscape evolution on volcanic landscapes

Hillslope Studies Figure

Students will learn to use the latest in 3D laser scanner and GPS technology to quantify the form of volcanic features such as cinder cones.  This will involve creating 3D models of landscapes from field data collection to data processing. These models can be made into 2D digital elevation models that are useful for analyzing the age of volcanic features based on the amount of erosion that has occurred since they formed. Possible projects include data collection and analysis, use of computer models of landscape evolution, and other quantitative techniques in geomorphology. All projects will have both a field and computer component, and students will likely work as a small team to perform the research. This work will complement, and perhaps include, traditional field techniques such as soil profile analysis, sedimentary and textural analysis, and other methods.  SP Crater will certainly be one of the target volcanoes; Strawberry, O’Neill, and Rattlesnake Craters are also likely. 

Ramon Arrowsmith will lead the landscape-evolution projects.