Dr. Roman DiBiase
Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution
Our research group studies the erosion processes responsible for shaping Earth’s topography and causing hazards such as landslides, floods, and debris flows. We use field work and remote sensing/GIS analysis to characterize mechanisms of bedrock erosion and sediment transport.
Potential student projects involve building and analyzing high-resolution 3D models of Earth’s surface using structure-from-motion photogrammetry (SfM) or airborne laser swath mapping (lidar). These datasets are then used to map soil and bedrock cover on hillslopes, model sediment transport in rivers, map earthquake faults, and characterize landscape change, for example.