Mathematical Morphology in Geomorphology and GISci presents a multitude of mathematical morphological approaches for processing and analyzing digital images in quantitative geomorphology and geographic information science (GISci). Covering many interdisciplinary applications, the book explains how to use mathematical morphology not only to perform quantitative morphologic and scaling analyses of terrestrial phenomena and processes, but also to deal with challenges encountered in quantitative spatial reasoning studies. For understanding the spatiotemporal characteristics of terrestrial phenomena and processes, the author provides morphological approaches and algorithms to: Retrieve unique geomorphologic networks and certain terrestrial features Analyze various geomorphological phenomena and processes via a host of scaling laws and the scale-invariant but shape-dependent indices Simulate the fractal-skeletal-based channel network model and the behavioral phases of geomorphologic systems based on the interplay between numeric and graphic analyses Detect strategically significant sets and directional relationships via quantitative spatial reasoning Visualize spatiotemporal behavior and generate contiguous maps via spatial interpolation Incorporating peer-reviewed content, this book offers simple explanations that enable readers-even those with no background in mathematical morphology-to understand the material. It also includes easy-to-follow equations and many helpful illustrations that encourage readers to implement the ideas. "... invaluable. All the basic concepts of mathematical morphology, as originally defined by Matheron and Serra in the 1970s and later extended by many authors, are clearly presented with many practical examples of how to use them. As Professor Sagar has himself largely contributed to the modern theory of geomorphology, his book is rich in new concepts and methods. Hydrologists will be happy to find that many of the examples given in the book deal with rivers, water bodies, and the morphology of drainage basins." -Ghislain de Marsily, Universite Paris 6, French Academy of Sciences "This work was written by a well-known geomorphology expert, Daya Sagar, for other geomorphology experts. Knowledge in geomorphology and geographic information systems is required to be able to follow the material. ... introduces all the formulas for the mathematical morphology. The author describes every operator in detail, with many examples. ... provides solid information about using mathematical morphology for geographic imaging from a real expert in the field." -Jose Manuel Palomares Munoz, ACM Computing Reviews "... this book is a truly remarkable contribution that is likely to make a significant impact in the GISci community far beyond its primary target audience of geomorphologists. Mathematical Morphology in Geomorphology and GISci is also a celebration of the remarkably innovative contributions of Daya Sagar over the last two decades." -Nigel Waters, Geomatica, vol. 67, no. 4, 2013 "[The author] shows how mathematical morphology could be used to deal with the quantitative morphologic and scaling analyses of terrestrial phenomena and processes. After introducing mathematical morphology as an advanced spatial statistical tool that is popular in image processing and analysis, he discusses such topics as feature extraction, morphological shape decompostions, directional spatial relationship, and spatial interpolations." -Book News Inc., 2013 "The new book addressing the application of mathematical morphology to problems in geomorphology by Dr. B.S. Daya Sagar is timely and fills a needed gap. Dr. Sagar is one of the world's leading experts on mathematical morphology. This book is large but well organized and clearly written. It is accessible to those with no knowledge of mathematical morphology, as early chapters introduce the basic structuring elements and provide numerous examples.