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Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

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Newman* D, Lindsay JB, Cockburn JMH. 2018. Measuring hyperscale topographic anisotropy as a continuous landscape property. Geosciences, 8(8) 1-14. DOI: 10.3390/geosciences8080278.

Liu Y, Yang W, Shao H, Yu Z, Lindsay JB. 2018. Development of an integrated modelling system for evaluating water quantity and quality effects of individual wetlands in an agricultural watershed. Water, 10(6). DOI: 10.3390/w10060774.

Newman* DR, Lindsay JB, Cockburn JM. 2018. Evaluating metrics of local topographic position for multiscale geomorphometric analysis. Geomorphology, 312(1): 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.04.003.

Chabot* M, Lindsay J, Berg A, Rowlandson T. 2018. Comparing the use of terrestrial LiDAR scanners and pin profilers for deriving agricultural roughness statistics. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 44(2). DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2018.1461559.

Shao H, Yang W, Lindsay J, Liu Y, Yu Z, Oginskyy A. 2017. An open source GIS-based decision support system for watershed evaluation of best management practices. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 53(3): 521–531. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12521

Fuss* CE, Berg AA, Lindsay JB. 2016. DEM fusion using a modified k-means clustering algorithm. The International Journal of Digital Earth, 9(12): 1242-1255. DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2016.1208685

Lindsay JB. 2016. Whitebox GAT: A case study in geomorphometric analysis. Computers & Geosciences, 95: 75-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2016.07.003

Woodrow* K, Lindsay JB, Berg AA. 2016. Evaluating DEM conditioning techniques, elevation source data, and grid resolution for field-scale hydrological parameter extraction. Journal of Hydrology, 540: 1022–1029. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.07.018

Lindsay JB. 2016. The practice of DEM stream burning revisited. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(5): 658–668. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3888

Bhamjee* R, Lindsay JB, Cockburn J. 2016. Monitoring ephemeral headwater streams: A paired-sensor approach. Hydrological Processes, 30(6): 888–898. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10677

Lindsay JB. 2016. Efficient hybrid breaching-filling sink removal methods for flow path enforcement in digital elevation models. Hydrological Processes, 30(6): 846–857. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10648

Lindsay J, Cockburn J, Russell H. 2015. An integral image approach to performing multi-scale topographic position analysis. Geomorphology, 245: 51-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.05.025

Molder B, Cockburn J, Berg A, Lindsay J, Woodrow* K. 2015. Sediment-assisted nutrient transfer from a small, no-till, tile drained watershed in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Agricultural Water Management, 152: 31-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.12.010

Lindsay J, Dhun* K. 2015. Modelling surface drainage patterns in altered landscapes using LiDAR. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29: 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.975715

Peirce* SE, Lindsay JB. 2015. Characterizing ephemeral streams in a southern Ontario watershed using electrical resistance sensors. Hydrological Processes, 29: 103-111. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10136

Goulsbra C, Evans M, Lindsay J. 2014. Temporary streams in a peatland catchment: Pattern, timing, and controls on stream network expansion and contraction. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39: 790-803. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3533

Lindsay JB, Seibert J. 2013. Measuring the significance of a divide to local drainage patterns. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27: 1453-1468. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2012.705289

Bhamjee* R, Lindsay JB. 2011. Ephemeral stream sensor design using state loggers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15: 1009– 1021. DOI: 10.5194/hess-15-1009-2011

Evans M, Lindsay J. 2010. Impact of gully erosion on carbon sequestration in blanket peatlands. Climate Research, 45: 31-41.

Rothwell JJ, Lindsay JB, Evans MG, Allott TE. 2010. Modelling suspended sediment lead concentrations in contaminated peatland catchments using digital terrain analysis. Ecological Engineering, 36: 623–630. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2008.10.010

Evans M, Lindsay J. 2010. High resolution quantification of gully erosion in upland peatlands at the landscape scale. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 35: 876–886. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1918

Goulsbra* C, Lindsay J, Evans M. 2009. A new approach to the application of electrical resistance sensors to measuring the onset of ephemeral streamflow in wetland environments. Water Resources Research, 45.

Lindsay JB, Evans MG. 2008. The influence of elevation error on the morphometrics of channel networks extracted from DEMs and the implications for hydrological modelling. Hydrological Processes, 22: 1588–1603. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6728

Lindsay JB, Rothwell JJ, Davies H. 2008. Mapping outlet points used for watershed delineation onto DEM-derived stream networks. Water Resources Research, 44. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006507

Rothwell J, Lindsay J. 2007. Mapping contemporary magnetic mineral concentrations in peat soils using fine-resolution digital terrain data. Catena, 70: 465–474. DOI:

Rothwell JJ, Evans MG, Lindsay JB, Allott TE. 2007. Scale-dependent spatial variability in peatland lead pollution in the southern pennines, UK. Environmental Pollution, 145: 111–120. DOI:

Lindsay JB. 2006. Sensitivity of channel mapping techniques to uncertainty in digital elevation data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 20: 669–692. DOI: 10.1080/13658810600661433

Lindsay JB, Creed IF. 2006. Distinguishing actual and artefact depressions in digital elevation data. Computers & Geosciences, 32: 1192–1204. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2005.11.002

Lindsay JB, Creed IF. 2005a. Removal of artifact depressions from digital elevation models: Towards a minimum impact approach. Hydrological Processes, 19: 3113–3126. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.5835

Lindsay JB, Creed IF. 2005b. Sensitivity of digital landscapes to artifact depressions in remotely-sensed DEMs. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 71: 1029–1036. DOI: 10.14358/PERS.71.9.1029

Lindsay JB. 2005. The terrain analysis system: A tool for hydro-geomorphic applications. Hydrological Processes, 19: 1123–1130. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.5818

Lindsay JB, Creed IF, Beall FD. 2004. Drainage basin morphometrics for depressional landscapes. Water Resources Research, 40(9), W09307. DOI: 10.1029/2004WR003322

Lindsay JB. 2003. A physically based model for calculating contributing area on hillslopes and along valley bottoms. Water Resources Research, 39. DOI: 10.1029/2003WR002576

Lindsay JB, Shang JQ, Rowe RK. 2002. Using complex permittivity and artificial neural networks for contaminant prediction. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 128: 740–747.

Lindsay JB, Ashmore PE. 2002. The effects of survey frequency on estimates of scour and fill in a braided river model. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 27: 27–43. DOI: 10.1002/esp.282

Book Chapters

Lindsay J, Rothwell J. 2008. Modelling channelling and deflection of wind by topography. In Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis, Zhou Q, Lees B, and Tang G (eds). Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg; 383–405.

Lindsay JB. 2008. Geomorphometry in TAS GIS. In Geomorphometry: Concepts, software, applications, Hengl T and Reuter H (eds). Elsevier: Amsterdam; 367–386.

Selected Conference Presentations

Lindsay JB, Newman* DR. 2018. Hyper-scale analysis of surface roughness. Geomorphometry 2018: 5th International Conference of the ISG, Boulder, Colorado, USA; Aug. 13-17. paper slides

Newman* D, Lindsay JB, Cockburn JMH. 2017. Evaluating the performance of local topographic position metrics for multiscale applications. CAGOnt, Kingston, Canada; Oct. 20-21.

Lindsay J, Yang W, Hornby DD. 2017. Drainage network analysis of topologically noisy vector stream data using a priority-flood algorithm. Canadian Geophysical Union National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada; May 28-31.

Lindsay J, Cockburn J, Bhamjee* R, Tweedie* J, Roberts* R. 2017. Evaluating low-flow conditions from channel characteristics and water level. Canadian Geophysical Union National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada; May 28-31.

Lindsay J, Gallant J, Cockburn J, Russell H. 2015. An integral image approach to performing multi-scale topographic position analysis. American Geophysical Union/Canadian Geophysical Union Joint Assembly, Montreal, Canada; 05/2015.

Lindsay, JB. 2014. The Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools project and open-access GIS. Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 22nd Annual Conference, The University of Glasgow, 16-18 April, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1010.8962.

Lindsay JB. 2013 (Invited). Digital elevation model processing tools for the derivation of geomorphometric information. XVI Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium, Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil, April 13-18.

Lindsay JB. Dhun* K. 2012. Too much information: coping with the topographic detail provided by LiDAR for surface drainage mapping. Canadian Geophysical Union and Canadian Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, Banff, Canada-Alberta, July.

Byrne J, Lindsay JB, Berg A. 2012. Open source GIS based integrated watershed management. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, United States of America, December.

Lindsay J, Bhamjee* R. 2011 (Invited). Drainage network expansion and contraction in ephemeral headwater streams. Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) Workshop on Temporary Streams, Drumheller, Canada-Alberta, April.


Lindsay, JB. 2015. Multi-scale topographic positions of North America. Presented at the 27th International Cartographic Association (ICA) Conference, August 23-28, 2015 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Other Works

Lindsay JB. 2018. WhiteboxTools User Manual. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22964.96648 (available with WhiteboxTools download).

Lindsay, JB. 2016. A Guide to the Academic Writing Style. 9 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3117.2724/1.


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Department Geography, Environment & Geomatics
University of Guelph
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