Learning outcomes of the course unit
The Course gives the keys to understand causes and effects of main principal natural processes and phenomena.
Cartography examines the interpretation and use of maps, a very important tool to show the distribution of phenomena and environmental characteristics.
The Course contains the arguments:
Course contents summary
Agents of landscape development. Physical and chemical weathering.
Mass movements. Landslides classification.
Stream energy and velocity. Erosion and deposition by streams. Fluvial pattern. The equilibrium profile.
Glacier landscapes. Alpine glaciers. Glacier erosion and transportation. Depositional landforms. Snouts.
Shoreline landscapes. Wave erosion, marine cliffs, beaches.
Wind erosion. Transport by wind. Dune types.
The Earth forms. Earth ellipsoids in Cartography. Map projections. The geographic grid. Triangulation and photogrammetric survey. Map scale. The geographic coordinates: latitude and longitude. The Gauss-Boaga and UTM grids. The GPS. Map symbols. Topographic contour maps. Contour lines. Earth relief features by contour lines. The Italian National Cartography and Regional Cartography. The topographic profile. The perimeter of a drainage basin. Interpretation and use of topographic maps.
A.N. STRAHLER: "Geografia fisica", PICCIN (1984)
S. PEREGO: "Cartografia (Lettura delle carte topografiche)", SANTA CROCE (2004)
T. McKNIGHT, D. HESS: “Geografia fisica. Comprendere il paesaggio”, PICCIN (2005)
SAURO U., MENEGHEL M., BONDESAN A., CASTIGLIONI B. – Dalla carta topografica al paesaggio. Atlante ragionato. – ZetaBeta editrice s.r.l., Istituto Geografico Militare