The Viewfinder Panoramas dataset is a digital elevation dataset with focus on the areas outside SRTM coverage. Also, the dataset has been focusing on fixing the voids in the SRTM dataset, e.g. by improving the DEM data in mountainous terrain. The dataset is developed and maintained by Jonathan de Ferranti and published on his website http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org.
Since Johathan de Ferranti is continously updating and improving the data, then it might be worth giving his web-site a review if you find that data in WindPRO is missing.
Raw data are stored in the HGT format, i.e. the same distribution format as the SRTM dataset.
The figure and table below summarizes the coverage and the different available regions in the Viewfinder Panoramas dataset. Please refer to http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org for further details.
The table below shows the sources used by Jonathan de Ferranti in developing the DEM models. Sources for the DEM models are typically Russian military maps in scales 1:100000 and 1:200000, but also other local and global sources are used, see the table below.
|High Asia||SRTM, Russian 1:100000 and 1:200000, Nepal 1:50000 and various other|
|Andes||SRTM, local 1:50000 and 1:100000 topographical maps|
|Alps||Local 1:25000 and 1:500000; Russian 1:100000; SRTM (limited use only)|
|Greenland||Local 1:25000 and 1:500000; Russian 1:100000; SRTM (limited use only)|
|North Eurasia, including Scandinavia and Siberia||Russian 1:100000 and 1:200000, 1:50000 topographical maps of Norwegian Jotunheimen, More and Romsdal. There is some input from SRTM for Finland and Russia south of 60°21'; otherwise these data are wholly from topographic maps.|
|North Atlantic, including Iceland, Faeroes and Shetland||Russian 1:100000 and 1:200000; 1:100000 topographical maps of Iceland and Svalbard|
|Other Europe||Varies: Russian 1:50000, 1:100000, 1:200000; more detailed topographical maps locally, SRTM|
|Africa||SRTM, local maps, photographs, Russian 1:100000|
|Antarctica||200m DEM from Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project Digital Elevation Model Version 2 (NSIDC). The data was re-sampled to 3".|
|Others||Varies: SRTM, Landsat, Russian 1:100000 1:200000, Local maps 1:25000 1:50000 1:100000 1:250000|
Availability from within WindPRO
The data is available directly from within WindPRO. The data can be reached from the online-services in the following objects:
- Line Object (with purpose to height contour lines)
- Elevation Grid Object
In addition to loading the data directly from the EMD online services, then WindPRO also supports importing the *.hgt files that can be downloaded from the internet homepage of Jonathan de Ferranti.
- Original data is available from the Viewfinder Panoramas web-page created by Jonathan de Ferranti's http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org.
The dataset is available in WindPRO by courtesy of Jonathan de Ferranti and his website www.viewfinderpanoramas.org.