Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Reconstruction and analysis of pre-modern infrastructure

Suggested by: Christian Neuwirth

Short description: Remains of canal-shaped landforms in the Upper Austrian municipality of Regau bear witness to historic construction work. So far, no clear evidence for their function could be found. One hypothesis assumes historic hydro-engineering as a response to dry climate conditions. Similar structures could also result from historic road networks, which were overprinted by linear erosion.
The key objective is to verify different hypotheses by the analysis of high-resolution LIDAR data. Your first task will be to reconstruct the pre-modern terrain model. The purged DTM serves as a basis for the reconstruction of historic infrastructures.
You can freely choose from a variety of methods such as 3D modeling and visual interpretation, geomorphometric analysis or spatial simulation modeling to shed light on this unresolved question.
References, suggested reading:
Berlinger, J., 1926. Über Bodendenkmale. Heimatgaue Z. Für Oberösterr. Gesch. 7, 194–201.
Neuwirth, C., D’Oleire-Oltmanns, S., Eisank, C., 2013. A Proposal for Mapping Historic Irrigation Channels to Reveal Insights into Agro-Climatic Systems: A Case Study in Upper Austria. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Schmidt, J., Werther, L., Zielhofer, C., 2018. Shaping pre-modern digital terrain models: The former topography at Charlemagne’s canal construction site. PLOS ONE 13, 1–21.
Start/finish by: Anytime
Prerequisites/qualification: background or interest in history and archeology, experience with a method relevant for this topic (geomorphometic analysis, 3D modeling etc.), basic programming/scripting skills
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