Accession Number : ADA188458

Title :   The Feasibility of Automating Rapid Response Terrain Analysis Studies.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Rose, Barbara G

PDF Url : ADA188458

Report Date : 11 Dec 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The Terrain Analysis Center (TAC) provides the military with accurate, timely information about terrain. Automated techniques are rarely used in performing analysis at TAC because it is not feasible to complete a rapid response study on a timely basis with currently available digitized terrain data. Synthesizing terrain information for any geographic area in the world on a timely basis requires tremendous amounts of data from numerous sources. The terrain analyst repeatedly is confronted by conflicting information. Decisions have to be made to insure the validity of the data base prior to inputting the data into any automated system. Remote sensing techniques are the preferred means of deriving the correct data, but imagery is not always available or adequate. To date a minimal amount of data in automated data bases exists, and methods to automate the retrieval of that data are developing slowly. Presently, TAC uses mostly manual methods of extracting information and synthesizing the data from all sources.

Descriptors :   *TERRAIN, AUTOMATION, DATA BASES, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, QUICK REACTION, REMOTE DETECTORS, SYNTHESIS, TIMELINESS, DIGITAL MAPS

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE