Gradient estimation from irregularly spaced data sets Academic Article uri icon


  • Topographic data sets are often composed of terrain samples arranged in irregular meshes. Many gradient estimation methods require the data to be arranged in a regular mesh; irregular meshes present a difficulty for them. This paper presents a novel method of estimating surface gradients from irregularly spaced inputs. The method is derived using directional derivatives and is shown to be a generalization of traditional finite difference methods. Analytical tests were used to evaluate the method, which was shown to be accurate and robust. 2001 International Association for Mathematical Geology.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Meyer, T. H., Eriksson, M., & Maggio, R. C.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Meyer, TH||Eriksson, M||Maggio, RC

publication date

  • August 2001