The Land Surface Dynamics group is focused on determining the Earth surface response to climatic and tectonic forcing in terms of erosional and sedimentary fluxes and the consequent geomorphology of the continents. We evaluate and model the climatic and tectonic forcing of landscapes transmitted through the action of rivers, glaciers and hillslope processes, and consider the anthropogenic responses to these changes. We use a broad range of measurement techniques including topographic analysis, low temperature thermochronology and cosmogenic isotopes. A range of study areas include Iceland, the European Alps, Taiwan, the Apennines, the Sierra Nevada in California, the Pyrenees, the Patagonian Andes and the Himalayas. This collection contains research code and data used in our recent and forthcoming publications. This includes:

  • The DrEICH algorithm, a tool for predicting channel heads and extracting drainage networks from high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs). This is presented in Clubb et al. (2014) "Objective extraction of channel heads from high‐resolution topographic data".
  • The Land Surface Dynamics Topographic Toolbox
    • Simon Marius Mudd, Boris Gailleton, Fiona Clubb, Stuart Grieve, and Declan Valters. (2019, June 13). LSDtopotools/LSDTT_documentation: LSDTopoTools2 v2.01 (Version v2.01). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3245076
    • Simon Marius Mudd, Fiona Clubb, and Martin Hurst. (2020, April 27). LSDtopotools/LSDTopoTools2: LSDTopoTools2 v0.3 (Version v0.3). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3769703

Items in this Collection

  • Supplemental data table for Isolating lithologic versus tectonic signals of river profiles to test orogenic models for the Eastern and Southeastern Carpathians 

    Gailleton, B; Goodwin, GCH; Auzemery, A
    This dataset contains a table of Schmidt Hammer data points acquired during a field campaign in the Eastern Carpathians in 2018. It is a supplemental material to the manuscript Isolating "lithologic versus tectonic signals ...
  • How does grid-resolution modulate geomorphic processes: data 

    Grieve, Stuart; NERC - Natural Environment Research Council; US Army Research Office
    In many locations, our ability to study the processes which shape the Earth are greatly enhanced through the use of high resolution digital topographic data. However, although the availability of such datasets has markedly ...
  • A nondimensional relief framework: data 

    Grieve, Stuart; Mudd, Simon; Hurst, Martin; Milodowski, David
    Considering the relationship between erosion rate and the relief structure of a landscape within a nondimensional framework facilitates the comparison of landscapes undergoing forcing at a range of scales, and allows ...
  • DrEICH algorithm 

    Clubb, Fiona; Mudd, Simon; Milodowski, David; Hurst, Martin; Slater, Louise (University of Edinburgh. School of GeoSciences, 2014-02-10)
    Fluvial landscapes are dissected by channels, and at their upstream termini are channel heads. Accurate reconstruction of the fluvial domain is fundamental to understanding runoff generation, storm hydrology, biogeochemical ...