A graphics facility for integration, editing, and display of slope, curvature, and contours from a digital terrain elevation database

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Authors
Felhoelter, Dennis G.
Subjects
Terrain Classification
Route Planning
B-Spline Smoothing
Advisors
McGhee, Robert B.
Date of Issue
1988
Date
June 1988
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Language
en_US
Abstract
The ability of man to scan terrain, compare it with a topographical representation, and make decisions based on his analysis is a unique and complex talent. Teaching a machine to make these same comparisons and analyses is a formidable task. However, the development of acceptable algorithms to permit the appropriate classifications of terrain will expand the capabilities of machines in a number of endeavors including route planning and movement across selected terrain. Recent research in terrain classification has centered around using mathematical equations to represent small cells of land. This thesis will attempt to improve the classification of terrain data by expanding the type of information available, and by enhancing the quality of the data through the use of a graphics tool (bicubic splines) to edit and smooth this raw elevation data for more accurate elevation representation.
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Thesis
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Department
Department of Computer Science
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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