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Mountains from Space – a book based on remote sensing data for supporting public understanding of science

Sparwasser, Nils and Meisner, Robert and Andresen, Thorsten and Dech, Stefan (2006) Mountains from Space – a book based on remote sensing data for supporting public understanding of science. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography (HMRSC-IX), 43. HMRSC-IX, 2006-09-14 - 2006-09-22, Graz, Austria.

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Abstract

The cartographic depiction of high mountain areas has always been a challenge to generations of cartographers, surveyers and geographers. The maps resulting from this work contain a wide range of information, which are difficult to understand for a non-expert community. Hence the fascination of high mountain areas was up to now mostly reserved to experts and climbers. New techniques in Computer based visualization and especially the possibility to generate virtual landscapes allow for a much more comprehensible and completely new perspective of mountain areas. The ease of access to high resolution digital elevation models and the vast availability of very detailed remote sensing data – like e.g. from the IKONOS-satellite – complement these techniques. This combination of data and technology gives the cartographer and geographer a comprehensive tool for generating high quality images of mountains. Motivated by its work of the past years and recent developments in visualization the German Remote Sensing Center initiated a new approach to unveil the beauty of high mountains all over the world. Specialists in remote sensing technology and the earth sciences together with some of the worlds most reputed mountaineers – among them Reinhold Messner, Maurice Herzog ,Sir Edmund Hillary and Stephan Venables – developed a concept for a book integrating different aspects of mountainous regions of the world. Targeted at the broader non-expert public a wide range of remote sensing material and computer based perspective views were generated and compiled in a high quality book titled “Mountains from space”. The core of the book is geographic content – illuminating history, geology, geomorphology, climatology and weather as well as many other phenomena concerning mountains. The over 150 large format colour views of mountains from space show the audience a wide variety of digital, satellite based maps not shown in this context before. In this paper the technology especially adapted for the generation of the maps will be discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Mountains from Space – a book based on remote sensing data for supporting public understanding of science
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Sparwasser, NilsUNSPECIFIED
Meisner, RobertUNSPECIFIED
Andresen, ThorstenUNSPECIFIED
Dech, StefanUNSPECIFIED
Date:14 September 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography (HMRSC-IX)
Refereed publication:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:43
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Kaufmann, ViktorUNSPECIFIED
Sulzer, WolfgangUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Grazer Schriften der Geographie und Raumforschung
Status:Published
Keywords:Mountains from Space, Scientific Visualization, Virtual Landscapes, Perspective view, Public Understanding of Science (PUSH)
Event Title:HMRSC-IX
Event Location:Graz, Austria
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-09-14 - 2006-09-22
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Science Communication and Visualization
Deposited By: Nils Sparwasser
Deposited On:18 Feb 2008
Last Modified:15 Jan 2010 00:12

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