Parameterization of Terrain in Army Combat Analysis
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This study presents and evaluates a methodology for parameterizing terrain for use in land combat analysis. The current procedure is to use digitized data which is compiled from actual terrain by engineer surveys and photo-interpretation. However, for those studies which do not require exact representation of terrain, a less costly and time consuming method can be used. In particular, terrain can be created mathematically by using a modified bivariate normal probability density function. An additional advantage of this approach is that the macro-terrain features can be created at random, thereby providing multiple, unique realizations of a type of terrain. This capability overcomes the sensitivity of Army study results to a single sample of terrain. When used for line-of-sight calculations, the parameterized, continuous representation eliminates the need for interpolations required for digitized terrain. The methodology and simulation can be employed independently or used as a preprocessor for other combat models.
- Military Intelligence
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics