Computer-generated shaded-relief images

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
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Digital image-processing techniques have been developed to make shaded-relief images from digitized topographic data. The resulting images have at least two advantages over aerial photographs: (1) The images are true map projections containing no relief-induced distortion, and (2) tonal variation is unambiguously identified with relief, rather than with snow, vegetation, or other albedo variations. Parallax can be introduced into these images in the computer, and stereoscopic pairs can thus be created.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Computer-generated shaded-relief images
Series title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume 3
Issue 4
Year Published 1975
Language English
Publisher U. S. Geological Survey
Description 8 p.
First page 401
Last page 408
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