Geomorphic processes are strongly affected by earth surface features such as
roughness, slope, and curvature. LiDAR technology provides a unique opportunity to map such features in very fine spatial detail. I use this information in my research to better understand how these features affect geomorphic processes such as wind or water erosion.
Selected publications:

Eitel, J.U.H., Williams, C.J., Vierling,  L.A., Al-Hamdan, O.Z., Pierson,F.B., 2011. Suitability of terrestrial laser scanning for studying surface roughness effects on concentrated flow erosion processes in rangelands. Catena 87, 398-407.

Sankey, J.B., Eitel, J.U.H., Glenn, N.F., Germino, M.J., Vierling, L.A., 2011. Quantifying relationships of burning, roughness, and potential dust emission with laser altimetry of soil surfaces at submeter scales. Geomorphology.