Cluster Analysis of Future Environmental Characteristics

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Authors
  1. McQuat, G.J.
  2. Vlachopoulos, N.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report summarizes the data preparation methods and a preliminary analysis of the Harmonized World Soil Database that was acquired in support of vehicle mobility analysis. A cluster analysis was completed on this data set in order to determine the variability and quality of the data with respect to physical terrain features and soil/rock qualities that may be relevant to representative environments of interest for the Canadian Armed Forces. The environments of interest are primarily focused on the African continent with an emphasis on characteristic terrain types for mobility purposes. This analysis will aid in the planning of troop mechanical movement throughout these regions as mobility aspects can potentially be directly extrapolated from the improved/quantified data sub-sets. Furthermore, the report recapitulates the data quality and suggests a clustering scheme that transforms agricultural soil classes and parameters into a geological scheme suited to vehicle mobility analysis and methods for producing a soil map product.

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Keywords
soil trafficability;GIS;terrain;soil;mechanics
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2013-222 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
48
DSTKIM No
CA042089
CANDIS No
803490
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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