|West <---> East
|North <---> South
Using the mouse to manipulate the map in three dimensions
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The site uses the open source Maptalks API to download tiled elevation data and aerial imagery. Maptalks is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License as follows:
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The site uses data in the Mapbox RGB elevation format. Code from the Mapbox GL JS API is not actually used on the site however and no Mapbox elevation data is used. Mapbox GL JS 2.0 is Copyright © 2020, Mapbox, all rights reserved.
boydsmaps.com made its debut in January 2013 and has undergone many changes over the years. It currently consists of the main boydsmaps web app and several smaller, more specialized sites that are accessed as tools from the main app. The 3d Terrain Viewer is the newest of these, launching on June 9, 2023.
Work on a 3d map viewer began in 2019 and in January, 2020 an experimental site named lidar.boydsmaps.com was launched. That site had limited appeal and was short-lived due to its very small coverage area, which was difficult to expand because it depended hand-made maps in a proprietary format. But that software now forms the core of the Terrain Viewer user interface, while the other code has been completely re-written to use the boydsmaps Mid-Atlantic LIDAR Digital Elevation Model (DEM) dataset which covers about 175,000 square miles in 10 states. Work continues on this dataset and full coverage of New York, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine is coming in late summer 2023.
In January 2021, boydmaps.com had about 80 gigabytes of locally-hosted map data. Today we have over 1 terabyte of locally-hosted maps and that will grow to 2 terabytes in the coming months with the expansion of the elevation dataset in addition to added coverage for the USGS Legacy and Historic topo maps.
This map is locally hosted at boydsmaps.com
This is boydsmaps-cached version of the USGS National Map aerial imagery as of May, 2023. The imagery is primarily from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). The original imagery was acquired at 1 meter pixel resolution in "leaf-on" (eg: summer) conditions, however this dataset has been processed at 2.4 meter (about 8 ft) resolution. Collection of NAIP imagery is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The map includes full coverage of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island with partial coverage of Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Massachussets. This is an ongoing project and coverage will be expanded to a larger area in the future.
National Agriculture Imagery Program, US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Bureau Aerial Photography Field Office, US Geological Survey National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
None. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data.
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data.
The dataset was created using DEM data from a variety of sources. Most of the dataset consists of bare-earth LIDAR data with a horizontal resolution of 1.2 meters (~4 feet). Where this was not available, USGS 3DEP 1/9 arc second data was used with a resolution of about 3 meters (~10 feet). In areas where no LIDAR-based DEM was available, legacy USGS NED 1/3 arc second data is used with a resolution of about 10 meters (~33 feet).
South NJ 2019 LIDAR, Northwest NJ 2018 LIDAR, Northeast NJ Post-Sandy 2014 LIDAR, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 2015 LIDAR: NJDEP Bureau of GIS, NJ Office of Information Technology, Office of GIS (NJOIT/OGIS)
PAMAP 2008 Statewide 3.2-foot LIDAR: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, PA Spatial Data Access (PASDA)
1-meter LIDAR DEM, 1/9 arc-second LIDAR DEM, 1/3 arc-second legacy DEM: US Geological Survey 3d Elevation Program (USGS 3DEP), USGS National Elevation Database (NED)
The boydsmaps proprietary shader code starts by finding the minimum and maximum elevations of the map, then dividing that range into 5, 10, 20 or 40 equal groups, depending on the number of colors you choose. The color of each of the 4.2 million pixels in the map is computed based on its position within this scale, such that a smooth transition is made between colors.
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