Real-time crater profile analysis; visualizing high-resolution laser altimetry data sets on the GPU
Real-time crater profile analysis; visualizing high-resolution laser altimetry data sets on the GPU (in Large meteorite impacts and planetary evolution V, Gordon R. Osinski (editor) and David A. Kring (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (September 2015) 518: 213-227
Impact craters play an important role in planetary chronology and geomorphology. Researchers use a cadre of software tools that aid in visual crater identification and crater morphologic analysis. However, many of the existing software tools support only rudimentary visualization and/or limited crater morphologic analysis. To facilitate the use of high-resolution altimetry data in crater visualization and morphologic analysis, we provide mVTK. mVTK is a novel visualization and morphologic analysis software tool that uses raw altimetry data to render high-resolution cartographic projects in real time that are interactive and support precise crater profile measurements.