CV4-4 - Representing terrain

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Author and Citation Info: 

DiBiase, D., et al. (2006). Representing terrain. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2nd Quarter 2016, first digital). 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe situations in which methods of terrain representation (e.g., shaded relief, contours, hypsometric tints, block diagrams, profiles) are well suited
  • Create a map that represents both slope and aspect on the same map using the Moellering-Kimerling coloring method
  • Explain how maps that show the landscape in profile can be used to represent terrain
  • Differentiate 3-D representations from 21/2-D representations
  • Describe situations in which methods of terrain representation are poorly suited