[GRASS-dev] Re: [GRASS-user] how to find peaks

Dylan Beaudette debeaudette at ucdavis.edu
Wed Nov 18 16:40:17 EST 2009

On Wednesday 18 November 2009, Michael Barton wrote:
> Beyond r.param.scale, is there a good method anyone knows of to find
> peaks or hilltops? I'm more interested in the tops of hills/high
> points than the single cell that is the highest.
> Thanks
> Michael


The r.param.scale uses some common cuttoffs for curvatures to define features. 
A geomorphic classification may accomplish what you are looking for, i.e. 
generate some training areas that define 'summits', through in several 
terrain-shape indices, and then run a supervised classification. Unsupervised 
classification can sometimes work well for this kind of task, however it is 
data-driven and results can vary from location to location.


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Dylan Beaudette
Soil Resource Laboratory
University of California at Davis

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