Classification of Landscape Geometry for Military Purposes
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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One of the most perplexing problems facing the military analyst in attempting to assess the effect of terrain on military activities is the qualitativeness of classical terrain description, particularly the configuration or geometry of the landscape. A method of classifying landscape based on relief, slope, slope occurrence, and plan-profile is presented. The interrelation of these parameters in landscape definition, modification in definition due to scale difference, and synthesis of these parameters in a single semiquantitative landscape symbolization are discussed. Landscape geometry classification is limited to terrain exhibiting more than 10 ft of relief. Terrain features exhibiting less than 10 ft of relief are classified as surface roughness or microrelief. The goal has been to develop as complete a landscape geometry definition as possible within as simple a framework as possible.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Civil Engineering