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TerraStream: from elevation data to watershed hierarchies

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TerraStream: from elevation data to watershed hierarchies
We consider the problem of extracting a river network and a watershed hierarchy from a terrain given as a set of irregularly spaced points. We describe TerraStream, a "pipelined" solution that consists of four main stages: construction of a digital elevation model (DEM), hydrological conditioning, extraction of river networks, and construction of a watershed hierarchy. Our approach has several advantages over existing methods. First, we design and implement the pipeline so each stage is scalable to massive data sets; a single non-scalable stage would create a bottleneck and limit overall scalability. Second, we develop the algorithms in a general framework so that they work for both TIN and grid DEMs. TerraStream is flexible and allows users to choose from various models and parameters, yet our pipeline is designed to reduce (or eliminate) the need for manual intervention between stages. We have implemented TerraStream and present experimental results on real elevation point...
Andrew Danner, Thomas Mølhave, Ke Yi, Panka
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where GIS
Authors Andrew Danner, Thomas Mølhave, Ke Yi, Pankaj K. Agarwal, Lars Arge, Helena Mitásová
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