Seabed geodiversity comprises abiotic seabed structures and functions that form valuable natural resources, foundation for benthic habitats and marine ecosystems, and requires knowledge based, sustainable management. Geomorphological mapping involves delineation of surface features based on form, material composition and formative processes. We present an approach that applies methods of scale analysis and geomorphometric classification to characterize seabed morphology and interpretation of geomorphic units in a dynamic and complex marine meander bend. Seabed morphology was delineated using the morphometry as template supported by the DEM and associated surface derivatives. The seabed morphology served as input to an interpretation of geomorphic units applying a fluvial classification scheme in channelized marine settings. We demonstrate the potential of using a (semi-) automated morphometric classification scheme to support the characterization of high-resolution seabed morphology based on descriptive definitions and the potential of translating a fluvial classification scheme in channelized marine settings.
- Classification analysis
- Digital Elevation Model
- Multi-scale analysis
- Seabed morphology
- Programme Area 2: Water Resources