The Namib Sand Sea digital database of aeolian dunes and key forcing variables

Ian Livingstone, Charles Bristow, Robert G Bryant, Joanna Bullard, Kevin White, Giles F S Wiggs, Andreas C W Baas, Mark D Bateman, David S G Thomas

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A new digital atlas of the geomorphology of the Namib Sand Sea in southern Africa has been developed. This atlas incorporates a number of databases including a digital elevation model (ASTER and SRTM) and other remote sensing databases that cover climate (ERA-40) and vegetation (PAL and GIMMS). A map of dune types in the Namib Sand Sea has been derived from Landsat and CNES/SPOT imagery. The atlas also includes a collation of geochronometric dates, largely derived from luminescence techniques, and a bibliographic survey of the research literature on the geomorphology of the Namib dune system. Together these databases provide valuable information that can be used as a starting point for tackling important questions about the development of the Namib and other sand seas in the past, present and future
Original languageEnglish
JournalAeolian Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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