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Multipurpose mapping

16 February 2018

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NOAA-based team makes 3-D coastal models for underwater navigation, emergency management, science exhibits, and more.

Say you're developing a training program for submarine pilots. You want an underwater scene that's realistic so that their training is meaningful. NOAA's got those data, thanks to a team of CIRES and federal employees ironically located in the landlocked state of Colorado. These scientists, working as part of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), develop high-resolution, three-dimensional coastal maps, or digital elevation models (DEMs).

Source: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Image credit: Booz Allen Hamilton - OceanLens TM incorporates bathymetric data into an interactive 3-D environment, allowing users to explore the undersea domain in virtual reality.