A hierarchical triangle-based model for terrain description


This article describes a new hierarchical model for representing a terrain. The model, called a Hierarchical Triangulated Irregular Network (HTIN), is a method for compression of spatial data and representation of a topographic surface at successively finer levels of detail. A HTIN is a hierarchy of triangle-based surface approximations, where each node, except for the root, is a triangulated irregular network refining a triangle face belonging to its parent in the hierarchy. In this paper we present an encoding structure for a HTIN and we describe an algorithm for its construction.

Theories and methods of spatio-temporal reasoning in geographic space