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Articles | Volume XLIII-B2-2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B2-2020, 1485–1490, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B2-2020-1485-2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B2-2020, 1485–1490, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B2-2020-1485-2020

  14 Aug 2020

14 Aug 2020

TERRAIN MODELLING BASED ON ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS IN THE LOESS PLATEAU OF CHINA

J. Na1, G. Tang1, K. Wang1, and N. Pfeifer2 J. Na et al.
  • 1School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, 210023 Nanjing, China
  • 2Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Technische Universität Wien, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Keywords: Loess Plateau of China, UAV, Archaeological Remains Information, Terrain Modelling

Abstract. The geomorphology of loess plateaus continuously evolves with gully erosion. It is very hard to simulate geomorphic evolution in history, especially considering longer time spans, because of the lack of ancient geographic information. However, historical documents and archaeological sites are providing indispensable information about the past world. Using the remains of Wucheng in the Shanxi Province in China as the study area, we explored the possibility of combining UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) photogrammetry and GNSS (global navigation satellite system) measurements for modelling current terrain as well as ancient terrain with the help of archaeological surveying. Finally, current and ancient topography were modelled and the soil erosion was assessed. We believe our work can provide a clear workflow for terrain modelling in archaeological sites and may offer new ideas for landform evolution studies.