Contour lines maps and Terrain

This plugin gives the terrain information you can view over the basic map.

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General info

This plugin gives the terrain information you can view over the basic map. It actually works several ways — as a terrain contour lines data provider and as a full hillshade map using dark shades and colors to show slopes, peaks and lowlands.

The global data (between 70 degrees north and 70 degrees south) is based on measurements by SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer), an imaging instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth Observing System. ASTER is a cooperative effort between NASA, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Japan Space Systems (J-spacesystems).

Contour lines plugin is a handy tool for hikers, tourists and anyone who needs the information about the terrain in a specific area.

Contour lines and Terrain

Where Plugin find?

For using this feature you should buy Paid version or OsmAnd subscription.

Android: Menu → Plugins → Contour lines

iOS: Menu → Plugins → Contour lines

Contour lines plugin on Android Contour lines plugin on iOS

Downloading files and enable on the map

To see the contours of a specific area, just go to Download maps menu, find your country or region, choose Contour lines, Hillshades, Slopes or all and download the files. Then zoom your desired area until you see the lines and zoom even more to check the height of a specific spot (the number on the line).

Contour lines download Android Contour lines download iOS

Check to enable Contour Lines option in Configure map menu. To view hillshade or slope, make sure you enable this option in Configure map menu. Also, please note that while contour lines file can be split by regions, hillshade/slopes files can be available by country, thus, you'll see the Hillshade/Slopes download on the list of downloads of a country, not on the region maps page.

Terrain and Contour lines enable Android Terrain and Contour lines enable iOS

Choosing Contour lines in feet or meter

When you click to "Contour lines" in the country maps list you see dialogue of choosing Contour lines file in meter or feet.

You need to choose the meter or feet parameter and download the file.

You will need to re-download the file to change the format.

Contour lines download dialogue Android

Terrain settings

In the Terrain menu you can change Hillshade or Slope for the visible layer. Here you can set Transparency and Zoom levels for the layer.

Android: Menu → Configure map → Terrain

iOS: Menu → Configure map → Terrain

Hillshade:

Terrain menu Android Terrain menu iOS

  • "Menu" button - switch on/off the Terrain layer on the map.
  • "Hillshade" and "Slope" button - switcher between slopes and hillshades layers.
  • Transparency - choosing trasparence for the terrain layer.
  • Zoom levels - setting zoom levels for the terrain layer.
  • Download maps - Additional maps are needed to view hillshade on the map..

Slope:

Terrain menu slopes Android Terrain menu slopes iOS

  • "Menu" button - switch on/off the Terrain layer on the map.
  • "Hillshade" and "Slope" button - switcher between slopes and hillshades layers.
  • Transparency - choosing trasparence for the terrain layer.
  • Zoom levels - setting zoom levels for the terrain layer.
  • Legend - legend of slopes, read more here.
  • Download maps - Additional maps are needed to view slopes on the map..

Contour lines settings

For Contour lines you can set the minimal zoom level where the contour lines will become visible, color scheme, width and density for lines. Configure map.

Android: Menu → Configure map → Contour lines

iOS: Menu → Configure map → Contour lines

Contour lines menu Android Contour lines menu iOS

  • "Menu" button - switch on/off the Terrain layer on the map.
  • Display starting at zoom level - select zoom level, from which contour lines will be displayed.
  • Color scheme - select color for contour lines.
  • Contour line width - select width for contour lines.
  • Contour line density - select density for contour lines on the map.

Note

You can use both contour lines and terrain together to get the information from both layers. Just go to Configure map menu and enable both Contour lines and Terrain layer options. If you cannot see the hillshade/slopes after downloading it, please restart the application.

After that, you'll be able to enjoy a map with all the hills and peaks. A nice option for both practical use and a general knowledge about the area you live in or travel to.

Contour lines and Terrain Android Contour lines and Terrain iOS

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