CLASSIFICATION OF TERRAIN FOR MOBILITY PURPOSES

THE PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS OF LANDSCAPE THAT AFFECT THE CAPABILITY OF VEHICLES TO TRAVEL CROSS COUNTRY ARE TOPOGRAPHY, SURFACE COMPOSITION AND CONSISTENCY, VEGETATIVE COVER, AND HYDROGRAPHY. THESE ELEMENTS COMBINED IN VARIOUS WAYS TEND TO DENY AND SLOW MOVEMENT, DECREASE EFFICENCY, INCREASE MAINTENACE, INCREASE DRIVER FATIGUE, AND CONTROL DIRECTION. THIS PAPER PRESENTS A FEW TECHNIQUES WHICH HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO CLASSIFY AND MAP TERRAIN ELEMENTS IN OBJECTIVE AND FAIRLY QUANTITATIVE TERMS. TECHNIQUES OF THIS TYPE MAY EVENTUALLY PERMIT VALID EVALUATIONS OF TRAFFICABILITY AND MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS OF SPECIFIC AREAS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Misc Paper NO 4-444, PP 1-20, 9 FIG, 17 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  USA  39180-6199
  • Authors:
    • Van, LOPIK JR
    • Compton, J R
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  • Accession Number: 00229519
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Aug 15 2004 2:14AM