Landforms and Surface Cover of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
Final rept. 1 Jan 2007-31 Aug 2009
DESERT RESEARCH INST RENO NV
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This report is part of a tiered series of reports that began with a general overview of Global Military Operating Environments GMOEs of interest to the U.S. military, particularly deserts of the world. In the first tier of these studies, U.S. military controlled properties were categorized in terms of landforms and surface cover characteristics. The second tier of studies compares characteristics of these properties to Global Military Operating Environments such as a desert region the third tier of this overall project will detail landscape properties in high resolution for limited areas, such as a vehicle test course, or an area of heavy dust production. This report is a comprehensive inventory of the landforms and corresponding surface characteristics at Yuma Proving Ground, southern Arizona. This report represents an early development of the methodology of applying expert-based, quantitative analyses to unclassified imagery integrated with existing USDA soil maps to map the spatial distribution of landforms, with the ultimate goal of adapting these maps to terrain hazards assessment for the U.S. military. Products of this methodology include maps of landforms, potential dust emission, desert pavement development, and slope. The report is accompanied by a suite of 8 maps.
- Physical Chemistry
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy