Mapping Earth's surface in 3D

 

This is very neat!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16578176

The German satellite radar twins - TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X - are a year through their quest to make the most precise, seamless map of varying height on Earth.

They've now acquired data across the entire globe at least once. However, some tricky sampling areas, such as tall mountains and thick forests, will require several passes and so we don't expect to see a fully finished product before 2014.

The Digital Elevation Model, or DEM, has become one of those must-have technical tools.

More at link above.

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Nice Improvement When It's Done

That will be a significant improvement over the SRTM DEM currently available.

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Looks grest

Looks grest

Looks good

Can't wait to see it when it's done.

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WOW! Thanks for posting

It wil be fascinating to see how this data eventually trickles down to personal devices.