An algorithm, Determination of Earth Surface Structures (DEST), is presented to reconstruct digital terrain models of complex landforms from topographic data, such as contour lines and spot heights. The algorithm provides a triangular irregular network (TIN) of the source data, based on a modified Delaunay approach. Delaunay triangulation can introduce artificial terraces from a nonrandom distribution of input points such as a sampled contour line. The algorithm proposed here constructs the three-dimensio…
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