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Meteorological Surface Analysis Using Perspective Topographic Maps
Author(s): Joseph M. Russo; John G. W Kelley; Paul G. Knight; Frederick J. Gadomski
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Paper Abstract

A computer-generated, perspective topographic map was used for meteorological surface analysis to evaluate its advantage over traditional map backgrounds. A traditional and perspective map were compared for a precipitation case study that followed the passage of warm front in the northeastern U.S. Two precipitation data sets were analyzed against two different map backgrounds centered on Pennsylvania. Besides its immediate 3-dimensional "feel," the perspective map delineated the surface topographical features that were coupled with the prefrontal winds to produce the orographically-lifted precipitation patterns. The computer-generated map was judged superior to the traditional map used for surface analysis, especially in the case of the mesoscale data set.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0846, Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology, (25 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.942656
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph M. Russo, The Pennsylvania State University (United States)
John G. W Kelley, The Pennsylvania State University (United States)
Paul G. Knight, The Pennsylvania State University (United States)
Frederick J. Gadomski, The Pennsylvania State University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0846:
Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology
Paul Janota, Editor(s)

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