Obtaining High Fidelity Triangular Regular Network from Only DEM Points

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Gökgöz T.

CARTOGRAPHIC JOURNAL, vol.47, pp.150-156, 2010 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1179/000870409x12584524219009
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.150-156
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


When the source data for the digital elevation model (DEM) are not known and any additional information or features such as skeleton lines of terrain is not available, a triangular regular network (TRN) is constructed with simple subdivision using one or two diagonals uniformly. Such a model gives inaccurate directions for interpolation because of the inaccurate diagonals used in triangulation and thereby, results in inaccurate contours representing artificial terrain features. In this study, a new method is developed based on slope information computed at DEM points determining accurate diagonals in the subdivision process, which is beneficial not only through the skeleton lines of a terrain but also all over the DEM. Consequently, it is shown that the proposed method is able to build a high fidelity TRN from a DEM without any additional information or features.