[OSM-talk] new mailing list request - OSM outdoor/natural phenomena mapping

Richard Z. ricoz.osm at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 20:30:18 UTC 2014


On Wed, Mar 05, 2014 at 08:44:54PM +0100, Christoph Hormann wrote:
> On Wednesday 05 March 2014, Richard Z. wrote:
> >
> > oh yes. You can say the same about a forrest and almost anything in
> > the real world.
> 
> No, continuously changing properties exist for many features including 
> for example the transit from wood to grassland but climate zones in 
> addition have the problem of only being defined in the long term 
> average.  You will be able to determine the density of trees growing in 
> some area at any single point of time without much effort and can use 
> this as a basis to verifiably decide if this is a wood or not.  But you 
> will need to measure the temperature for many years to approximately 
> determine the long term average.  Precipitation is even trickier.

despite beeing sometimes tricky I still consider it pretty important to know
that a certain area is eg part of the tundra climate, permafrost or monsoon.

And when hiking on Kauai I would pretty sure want to have this information handy:
http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/topics/ecosystem_processes/tropical/restoration/lifezone/hawaii/Kauai.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D7UQYrsMu24/UVuvQS7In1I/AAAAAAAAPp4/TNzHyYeWlZw/s1600/kauai-smaller-map.gif

- everything from rain forrest to desert within few miles.

Richard



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