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MetaVR North America 3D Terrain (Excluding USA)

MetaVR's seamless 3D terrain of the continent of North America (excluding USA) is constructed with 3-arcsecond STRM elevation source data and with natural color imagery ranging from  0.60 to 15 meter-per-pixel (mpp) resolution.

Note: Descriptions of terrain drives that contain 1 meter mpp resolution virtual terrain of regions of Continental US plus Alaska and Hawaii (CONUS++) can be found here.

Covering an area over 575 million sq km, the North America terrain includes 60 cm high-resolution natural color insets of insets of many capital cities and others cities of interest. Built with MetaVR’s Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, the round-earth Metadesic™-formatted terrain tiles reside in a geocentric coordinate system.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene featuring high-resolution of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain
MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, virtual terrain.

These tiles are suitable for real-time visualization and simulation applications that use MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™), including synthetic vision, glass-cockpit displays, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, close-air-support (CAS) exercises, and fixed-wing cockpit simulation.

Images from the high resolution areas of Mexico City, San Salvador, San Juan, Havana, Guatemala City, on MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain.
High-resolution Mexico City, Mexico area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain. High-resolution San Salvador, El Salvador, area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain.
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High-resolution San Juan, Puerto Rico, area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain. High-resolution Havana, Cuba, area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain.
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High-resolution Port au Prince, Haiti area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain High-resolution Guatemala City, Guatemala area of MetaVR's virtual North America 3D terrain
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The North America 3D terrain is "Additional Materials" and is provided "as is" as described in our license agreement.  Although MetaVR might modify or enhance the original source imagery, some visual artifacts from the source imagery might remain in the terrain tiles.

 Specifications

Below are specifications for MetaVR’s North America terrain dataset (excluding USA) in round-earth Metadesic format (MDS).

Dataset size
= 575 million sq km
Size on disk
Terrain post spacing
Elevation source
Terrain imagery
= 602 GB
= 60 meters-per-post (subsampled from 90 meter source)

= 3-arcseconds (90 meter)
= 15 meter-per-pixel NaturalVue imagery, with 60 cm high-resolution natural color insets of:
- Havana, Cuba
- Santa Domingo and Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- San Jose, Costa Rica
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Puebla, Mexico
- Managua, Nicaragua

The following symbolic representation shows the geographic coverage of this 3D dataset’s terrain tiles of North America, excluding USA. This tile coverage map was generated with MetaVR’s Model Viewer.

Geographic coverage of the terrain tiles of North America (excluding USA). Click Zoom for a closer look at the coverage.
Geographic coverage of MetaVR's terrain tiles of North America (minus CONUS++).
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The areas in green indicate 15 mpp imagery, the orange-brown areas indicate 1 mpp resolution imagery, and the bright red areas indicate imagery resolution of less than 1 mpp.

 Delivery

MetaVR's North America 3D terrain is delivered on an external hard drive. The terrain is provided in MetaVR's round-earth Metadesic terrain format and will only run with a valid VRSG version 6 software license with valid software maintenance through March 1, 2017. A fee covers processing large quantities of data into Metadesic format and hard drive distribution media.

MetaVR's North America 3D terrain is available for purchase to MetaVR customers who are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). Customers can duplicate the data at their discretion as long as the data is used in conjunction with a valid VRSG license.

You can order the North America terrain directly from MetaVR.

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