hypsometric tint

What is hypsometric tint?

hypsometric tint meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

From the Greek hypso (“height”) and metron (“measurement”). In cartography, the representation of relief by the systematic application of a sequence of colors, with or without shading, each representing a class of elevation above or depth below a datum. On some maps and models, the colors are applied to areas between adjacent contours (see this example); on others, the contours are omitted (see this example on a map of the Isle of Man). The tints are not standardized, but shades of blue are typically used for bathymetric layers, shades of green for lower elevations, shades of yellow or tan for medium elevations, and reds and/or browns for higher elevations (click here to see an example with shading). The sequence of colors used is sometimes displayed in the legend in a scale of depth and elevation (see this example). A map tinted in this manner is a hypsometric map and the colored layers are called hypsometric layers. Synonymous with gradient tint and layer tint.


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