Google Earth elevation data extraction and accuracy assessment for transportation applications
Publication Date
April 26, 2017
Authors
Yinsong Wang, Yajie Zou, Kristian Henrickson, Yinhai Wang, et al
Volume
12
Issue
4
Pages
e0175756
DOI
https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175756
Publisher URL
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0175756
Scopus
85018245007
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http://www.mendeley.com/research/google-earth-elevation-data-extraction-accuracy-assessment-transportation-applications
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