Mapzen altitude tiles in Google Earth

A couple of weeks ago we set up a server that allows you to view the NOAA’s post Hurricane Matthew aerial imagery in Google Earth. The imagery comes from the NOAA’s map, which provides the data in tiles. For more on how tiled maps work see this post.

The experiment worked better than we expected, so today we are expanding it to use Mapzen’s altitude data, which we have previously used for drawing contour lines.

To see the results, download this KML file.

It is not perfect, and you will notice the imagery shift slightly north or south as you zoom in. This is because the tiles are in the Mercator map projection which stretches the map in the north-south direction, especially towards the poles. However, this effect is less significant as you zoom in.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.