(26) General vertical perspective projectionΒΆ

Next, we present a recent extension to the -JG projection option which allows the user to specify a particular altitude (this was always at infinity before), as well as several further parameters to limit the view from the chosen vantage point. In this example we show a view of the eastern continental US from a height of 160 km. Below we add a view with a specific tilt of 55 and azimuth 210; here we have chosen a boresight twist of 45. We view the land from New York towards Washington, D.C.

At this point the full projection has not been properly optimized and the map annotations will need additional work. Also, note that the projection is only implemented in coast and grdimage. We hope to refine this further and extend the availability of the full projection to all of the GMT mapping programs.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
#		GMT EXAMPLE 26
#
# Purpose:	Demonstrate general vertical perspective projection
# GMT modules:	coast
#
gmt begin ex26
	# first do an overhead of the east coast from 160 km altitude point straight down
	latitude=41.5
	longitude=-74
	altitude=160
	tilt=0
	azimuth=0
	twist=0
	Width=0
	Height=0

	PROJ=-JG${longitude}/${latitude}/${altitude}/${azimuth}/${tilt}/${twist}/${Width}/${Height}/10c
	gmt coast -Rg $PROJ -B5g5 -Glightbrown -Slightblue -W -Dl -N1/1p,red -N2/0.5p -Y12c

	# now point from an altitude of 160 km with a specific tilt and azimuth and with a wider restricted
	# view and a boresight twist of 45 degrees
	tilt=55
	azimuth=210
	twist=45
	Width=30
	Height=30

	PROJ=-JG${longitude}/${latitude}/${altitude}/${azimuth}/${tilt}/${twist}/${Width}/${Height}/12c
	gmt coast $PROJ -B5g5 -Glightbrown -Slightblue -W -Ia/blue -Di -Na -X1i -Y-10c
gmt end show
../_images/ex26.png

General vertical perspective projection.