The Department was delighted to host the COMET Topography workshop between 31st March and 1st April. Postdoc Austin Elliott led many of the sessions, with contributions by John Elliott, David Mackenzie, and Zhou Yu. Alumni returning to the department included Susi Ebmeier (Linacre 2008), Alex Copley (Univ, 2000), Laura Gregory (Exeter 2008), Andy Howell (St Edmund Hall 2009) and Richard Walters (Exeter 2004).
The workshop emphasized topography produced from photogrammetric methods. The first emphasis was on more traditional photogrammetry applied to relatively high resolution space-based bi- or tri-stereo imaging (e.g., SPOT and Pleiades). The software of choice was ERDAS Imagine with its Photogrammetry Suite. Participants were able to learn more about the technology which members of the Department have been using with great success to characterise active faulting.
The second emphasis was on Structure from Motion, with participants applying this methodology with ground and UAV-based images to a range of faulting and volcanic problems. It also provided an opportunity for the largely earthquake faulting and volcano scientists to find out more about the NSF-funded facility OpenTopography, in a session by Ramon Arrowsmith, to whom we are grateful for this summary.
The workshop agenda can be seen below.
The Earthquakes without Frontiers team published a great blog post about the workshop, and how such methodologies are applied to their work.