Weighted multi-visibility analysis on directional paths

Şeker, Çağıl
Visibility analysis is an important GIS tool that is used in a diverse array of disciplines ranging from earth sciences to telecommunications. Multi-visibility, as a cumulative type of visibility, combines many point-to-point results into a multi-value array. Points, lines, or areas can be used as sources or targets; and the combined values can be calculated in both ways. Through multi-visibility, a special 2.5D visibility value surface can be constructed over a digital elevation model. The effectiveness of multi-visibility can be increased with weighted target zones. Other types of weighting criteria can be defined, such as distance and angle. Open source GIS tools offer a limited amount of support for that type of multivisibility analysis. In this study, a weighted multi-visibility methodology has been developed which accepts a path as the source. The path can have a specific direction to account for moving subjects that have a specific view angle based on their direction. A software tool has been developed to apply the methodology in a practical and automated way. The tool was written in Python programming language and can be run as a plugin to the open source Quantum GIS software. The proposed weighted multi-analysis methodology and its software tool can be used to assess the quality of visibility through the generation of value surfaces and calculation of a combined quantitative visibility value for the full path.
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Ç. Şeker, “Weighted multi-visibility analysis on directional paths,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.