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calculates a hillshade for a DEM (matrix)


Updated 07 May 2007

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Function to calculate hillshade for a digital elevation model. Derives slope and aspect in radias to calculate shading value between 0 and 255 using a given lighting angle and altitude.

Altitude (angle above ground) and angle (direction/aspect) of lightsource can be given via args.

Derived using ESRIs hillshade algorithm, but uses simple GRADIENT function instead of Horns algorithm for slope calculation - factor 30 more efficient & no need for IP TB. (Thanks to Andrew Stevens)

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Cite As

Felix Hebeler (2021). Hillshade (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2006b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Inspired: shadem, demViewer

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