Determination of Terrain Serviceability of Military Vehicles by GIS Relief Analysis

This paper analyzes capabilities of terrain serviceability of vehicles with regard to ground features. Two key relief attributes related to slope inclination are defined, as well as relief forms quantitatively defined as deviations of height above sea level. As a secondary feature, the topographic wetness index is estimated, which, in correlation with the drainage coefficient, yields the wetness value index as an essential factor of passability under conditions of harder and more intensive precipitation (sudden snow melting). By application of GIS analysis, based on a digital model of space height along the Kupa River, the values of primary and secondary relief attributes were calculated, and the analysis of Landsat satellite images was used to define the values of vegetation cover. Based on these values and data on the soil type, the layer of ground wetness was estimated. The comparison of the obtained results clearly indicates a possible application of the defined data in the analysis of terrain serviceability of military vehicles, with regard to the relief features of the terrain. For full applicability of the model it is also necessary to define other attributes of mobility related to hydrographical, vegetation, pedalogical, anthropogenic, and other ground features.

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    • Pahernik, Mladen
    • Tuta, Jadranko
    • Kovacevic, Drazen
  • Publication Date: 2006


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 387-394
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  • Accession Number: 01045083
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2007 11:07PM