Many spatially distributed environmental models such as hydrology, erosion-deposition and water quality models rely on a cellular or grid structure to capture the landscape. Important input and output data requirements result from this approach. GIS represents an adequate framework for pre- and post-processing geo-referenced model input variables or output data. In this exercise, the first steps for extracting topographic variables and land surface characteristics from basic GIS data are explained.
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C.M. Mannaerts and A. Patrono
Department of Water Resources
International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
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