S. Augustine Su, Shueh-Cheng Hu and Richard Furuta
A 3D Topographic Map Viewer for the USA
in Proceedings of WebNet 97 - World Conference of the WWW, Internet,
Toronto, Canada (Nov 1-5, 1997).
To see the full paper (in gzipped postscript)
To see the VRML demo
Traditional maps are abstractions of the real world. Among them, topographic maps are the
most self-explaining way to make clear the correspondence of physical and man-made
characteristics. However, topographic maps consisting of contour lines are not intuitive.
In this paper, we present a Web 3D Topographic Map Viewer that generates 3D maps in VRML
on demand for areas in the contiguous USA. This provides access to a huge elevation
database, and the immediate visualization of terrain.