Geomorphometry 2018

August 13–17, 2018 | Boulder CO, USA

5th International Conference of the ISG

Registration costs: $595 (regular), $295 (students / ODA countries)

Workshops: $125 (regular), $45 (students / ODA countries)

Abstract submissions

Thank you for your interest in Geomorphometry. We got about 50 submissions for oral talks and/or poster presentations. Please use EasyChair system to follow your submitted abstract. All abstracts need to be submitted following the manuscript preparation guidelines. conference will be held at the Millenium Harvest Hotel in Boulder Colorado. Conference organizers have pre-booked number of rooms for the participants. During the hotel reservation, make sure you indicate "1808GEOMOR" so you can receive a discounted price for accommodation.

  • Millenium Harvest Hotel | 1345 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80302 United States

Organizing Committee:

To receive updates please register for the EasyChair system. All abstracts will go through a rapid peer-review and will be ranked based on the average rating and relevance to the Conference themes. Abstract submissions are now closed.

International Society for Geomorphometry (ISG) is an international association of researchers and experts open for free exchange of knowledge and opinions about various aspects of DEM processing and digital relief analysis.

Geomorphometry flyer

Conference themes
and publications

Themes include but are not limited to:

  • Use of Digital Elevation, Terrain and Surface Models and Canopy Height Models in hydrological modeling and biogeography
  • Acquisition and processing of high resolution elevation data collected with LIDAR and photogrammetry (structure from motion)
  • Mapping and analyzing Earth surface at ultra-high resolutions using sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems)
  • New algorithms and software for automated interpretation of digital elevation data
  • Modeling extreme processes and natural hazards on the Earth surface
  • Modeling and analyzing urban topography (3D cities) using lidar or photogrammetry data
  • Multi-scale automated mapping of Earth surface changes
  • Acquisition and analysis of bathymetry data
  • Working with continental-scale high resolution data
  • Simulating changes of the Earth surface relief
  • 3D and 4D dynamics of Earth surface

Proceedings will be published online in a collection on PeerJ, with DOIs.  Peer-reviewed journal papers can be added to the collection after the conference. Directions for submission to the PeerJ collection.

Example of a special issue for Geomorphometry 2015

Example of a special issue for Geomorphometry 2015

Important dates:

  • EasyChair system opens for submissions: 1 December 2017
  • Extended 4 page abstracts due to EasyChair: 1 February 2018 1 March 2018 15 March 2018
  • Workshop proposals due: 15 March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance and required revisions: 1 April 2018
  • Registration opens: 1 April 2018
  • Schedule finalized: 1 April 2018
  • Final camera-ready digital manuscripts due: 15 May 2018
  • Early registration deadline: 15 June 2018
  • Conference: August 13-17 2018

To receive updates please register for the EasyChair system.

Keynote speakers

David Tarboton, Professor at Utah State University

Web Based Hydrologic Terrain Analysis through HydroShare

David Tarboton

Dai Yamazaki, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

MERIT DEM: a high-accuracy global elevation map by multi-component error removal

Dai Yamazaki

Greg Tucker, Professor of Geological Sciences and Fellow of CIRES / Director, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS), University of Colorado, Boulder

Lidar meets Landlab: using digital topography to test and calibrate long-term erosion models

Greg Tucker



  • Using GDAL and PKTOOLS for Raster Operations | Lecturer: Giuseppe Amatulli, Yale
  • GDAL and PKTOOLS are powerful command line utilities mainly used for raster manipulation and analysis. In this workshop we will explain the main principle and philosophy about these tools by showing simple geodata processing for raster cropping and reprojection, image masking, spatial and temporal/spectral filtering as well as image classification. We will explain how to maximize computational implementation and process raster data more efficiently by building up routines that allow saving temporary raster outputs in RAM and use VRT files for tiling operations in a multicore environment. We expect basic command line knowledge (any language is fine) and a general familiarity with geospatial data processing. Participants should bring laptops with the latest OSGeo-Live virtual machine with PKTOOLS already installed.

  • Processing Large Rasters using Tiling and Parallelization: An R + SAGA GIS + GRASS GIS Tutorial | Lecturer: Tomislav Hengl, Envirometrix Ltd
  • This workshop will provide a gentle tutorial on how to implement complex computing using large DEM rasters including LiDAR point clouds, even using a laptop PC. Some of the topics that will be addressed include: converting polygon maps to rasters, downscaling or upscaling (aggregating) rasters to match the target resolution, filtering out missing pixels / reducing noise and multi-colinearity problems, and overlaying and subsetting raster stacks and points, derivation of complex DEM derivatives using tiling with overlap, automated classification of landforms using Machine Learning. For all analysis we will use the power of R and its packages for large data (data.table) and implicit and explicit parallelization (snowfall), newest releases of SAGA GIS (>2.3), GRASS GIS (>7.4) and gdal. The lecturer is an experienced R developer and has more than 10 years of experience with processing global (100 m resolution) DEMs for purpose of soil and vegetation mapping. The lecturer will provide all data and code via github and a local copy on USB stick. Using Linux 64bit OS is recommended but not a requirement.

  • A Hands-On Introduction to RiverTools 4.0 | Lecturer: Scott D. Peckham, CEO and Founder, RIVIX, LLC
  • The purpose of this workshop is to provide a hands-on introduction to RiverTools 4.0. This version includes 64-bit support for the latest versions of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, a new graphics system, a streamlined graphical user interface and many other new capabilities. Attendees of this workshop will become familiar with the key features of RiverTools 4.0 by working through a set of tutorials. Workshop attendees will need to bring a laptop computer if they want to run the hands-on tutorials. If possible, the demo version of RiverTools 4.0 should be obtained from and installed on the laptop before the workshop. RiverTools 4.0 runs on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10), Mac (OS X 10.5 +) and Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat). The demo version includes all of the DEM data sets necessary to run the tutorials.

  • Google Earth Engine for large-scale DEM analysis | Lecturer: Ovidiu Csillik, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg
  • Attempts towards a global geomorphometric atlas have been done in the past when computational power was less evolved than nowadays. In this study, we present a possible way to create a global geomorphometric atlas by taking advantage of the Google Earth Engine (GEE) computational capabilities. To exemplify how accessible, efficient and fast GEE works in geomorphometric analysis we globally derive popular land-surface variables (e.g. slope, aspect, multiple curvatures, and surface roughness) and perform a hierarchical pixel-based classification of topography on three levels of details. The scale of analysis can easily be adjusted to meet the user needs. Performing large-scale morphometric analysis with GEE has the potential to become an important milestone in Geomorphometry.

Registration costs for the workshops are: $125 (regular), $45 (students / ODA countries).