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Red River Gorge landforms, a student mapping project

UKy GEO 409, Fall Semester 2018

During the Fall 2018 semester, students mapped and visited arches and waterfalls in Kentucky's Red River Gorge Geological Area. They adopted an arch or waterfall 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. The course used ArcGIS Pro and Python scripting to process and analyze spatial data.

Data sources and methods

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.


Project assets

Student media

Gray's Arch

UKy GIS and Mapping