Unified Geomorphological Analysis Workflows with Benthic Terrain Modeler.
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High resolution remotely sensed bathymetric data is rapidly increasing in volume, but analyzing this data requires a mastery of a complex toolchain of disparate software, including computing derived measurements of the environment. Bathymetric gradients play a fundamental role in energy transport through the seascape. Benthic Terrain Modeler (BTM) uses bathymetric data to enable simple characterization of benthic biotic communities and geologic types, and produces a collection of key geomorphological variables known to affect marine ecosystems and processes. BTM has received continual improvements since its 2008 release; here we describe the tools and morphometrics BTM can produce, the research context which this enables, and we conclude with an example application using data from a protected reef in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands......
https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5946463 (data set)
http://esriurl.com/btm (latest software version)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14A
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Hard Coral Cover and Composition
Fish Abundance and Distribution
Maturity LevelTRL 2 Technology concept and/or application formulated
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Spatial CoverageSouthwest Atlantic Ocean
CitationWalbridge, S.; Slocum, N.; Pobuda, M. and Wright, D.J. (2018) Unified Geomorphological Analysis Workflows with Benthic Terrain Modeler. Geosciences 8: 94, 24pp. DOI:10.3390/geosciences8030094
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