Over the semester, students mapped and visited arches, waterfalls, and other interesting landforms in Kentucky's Red River Gorge Geological Area. They adopted a landform and produced maps, analyses, 3D visualizations, and a web page that explores their arch. The area is managed by the Cumberland Ranger District in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The project is part of the GEO 409 coursework in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. It also applies to the GIS & Mapping Minor. The course used ArcGIS Pro and Python.
The lidar data was processed in ArcGIS Pro to produce a bare-earth DEM. Focal statistic function was used on this DEM to estimate cliff heights and to help produce elevation contours. For the 3D animation, a lidar point cloud was colorized by the aerial image, filtered to include above-ground points, and added to a scene for animation. Python was used to help with data processing and analysis.