Radar vertical cross section in 3d Lat-Lon-Alt

Attached is a test program and a gif image.

The program is a demo of a synthetic radar RHI display, a vertical cross
section in 3D space of radar sweep data with one end on the radar
location so the beams fan out from the radar in a vertical plane. The
code uses the Australian BOM's Radar3DCoordinateSystem. The coodinate
system and data location is fine.

The display shows each data point along the radar beams as a pixel
colored by value. 

A similar display in 2D shows interpolated color filled regions like the
attached gif. 

Why doesn't the 3D display make a color filled surface?  Can it be made
to do so?

Stu Wier


GIF image

import visad.*;
import visad.java3d.DisplayImplJ3D;
import java.rmi.RemoteException;
import java.awt.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import visad.bom.Radar3DCoordinateSystem;

import visad.georef.EarthLocationTuple;

/* Demo 3d display of synthetic RHI plot of radar data,
   (vertical cross section with one end at radar), 
   using Australian BOM's Radar3DCoordinateSystem */

public class Plot_radar3dVCS {

    private DataReferenceImpl data_ref;

    private DisplayImpl display;

    public Plot_radar3dVCS (String []args) 
        throws RemoteException, VisADException {
        int bin_count = 50;// number of samples along each radar beam
        int tiltcount = 8; // how many beams in this one RHI
        int value_counter = bin_count * tiltcount;
        // Make synthetic domain and range values for radar-like data
        float[][] domainVals = new float[3][value_counter]; 
        float[][] signalVals = new float[1][value_counter]; 
        int k = 0;
        // for every tilt (beam) in this rhi
        for (int ti = 0; ti<tiltcount; ti++) {
            // for every data point along the beam
            for (int i = 0; i < bin_count;   i++) {
                // range in km
                domainVals[0][k] = 1.0f * i;
                // azimuth in degree - 60 clockwise from North
                domainVals[1][k] = 45.0f;
                // bema elevation in degrees
                domainVals[2][k] = 2.0f * ti;
                // synthetic data values 0 to 80 dbz
                signalVals[0][k] = 25.0f * 55.0f / (25.0f + 3*Math.abs(25-i));

        // locate near Denver lat, lon, alt=1600 m
        EarthLocationTuple radarLocation = 
            new EarthLocationTuple(40.0, -105.0, 1600.0);
        RealType azimuthType = 
            RealType.getRealType("Azimuth", CommonUnit.degree);
        RealType rangeType = 
            RealType.getRealType("Range", CommonUnit.meter);
        RealType elType = 
            RealType.getRealType("Elevation_Angle", CommonUnit.degree);

        CoordinateSystem cs = 
          (radarLocation == null) 
            ? null
            : new Radar3DCoordinateSystem(
               (float) radarLocation.getLatitude().getValue(CommonUnit.degree),
               (float) radarLocation.getAltitude().getValue(CommonUnit.meter));
        RealTupleType radarDomainType =  
            new RealTupleType(rangeType, azimuthType, elType, cs, null);

        //System.out.println("   domainSet CoordinateSystem = " 
        //                 + radarDomainType.getCoordinateSystem());  

        GriddedSet domainSet = 
            (GriddedSet) new Gridded3DSet(radarDomainType, domainVals, 
                             bin_count, tiltcount, 1,
                             new Unit[] {CommonUnit.meter.scale(1000), 
                             (ErrorEstimate[]) null, true, false);
        RealType refType = RealType.getRealType("Reflectivity");

        FunctionType functionType = 
            new FunctionType(radarDomainType, refType);
        // should be ((Range, Azimuth, Elevation_Angle) -> Reflectivity) or so

         FlatField retField = 
           new FlatField(functionType, domainSet, 
                         (CoordinateSystem) null, 
                         (Set[]) null,
                         (Unit[]) null);

        retField.setSamples(signalVals, false);


        /* Create the display and its ScalarMaps. */
        /* Make a 3D display object */
        display = new DisplayImplJ3D("notused");
        /* Get the display's graphics mode control */
        GraphicsModeControl dispGMC = (GraphicsModeControl)  

        /* tell the display to mark some scales along edges */

        /* Create the ScalarMaps */

        /* Map latitude to YAxis, longitude to XAxis.
         * Use ScalarMap(ScalarType scalar, DisplayRealType display_scalar.
         * note the use of the RealTypes to define mapping */
        ScalarMap YMap = new ScalarMap( RealType.Latitude,  Display.YAxis );
        ScalarMap XMap = new ScalarMap( RealType.Longitude, Display.XAxis );
        ScalarMap ZMap = new ScalarMap( RealType.Altitude,  Display.ZAxis );

        /* Add the ScalarMaps controlling the the axes to the display. */
        display.addMap( XMap );
        display.addMap( YMap );
        display.addMap( ZMap );

        ScalarMap colorMap = new ScalarMap( refType,  Display.RGB );


        /* Create a data reference to connect the FlatField to the display */
        data_ref = new DataReferenceImpl("data_ref");

        /* add the FlatField to the DataReferenceImpl */
        data_ref.setData( retField );
        /* Add the DataReferenceImpl to the display */
        display.addReference( data_ref );
        /* Create application window, and add the display to the window
         * (name in quotes will label the window.) */
        JFrame jframe = new JFrame("VisAD Radar RHI");
        /* Set the original window size (pixels) */
        jframe.setSize(600, 600);

        /* Finally, show the display. */

        // When displayed, dragging mouse button one rotates the display;
        // dragging mouse button one with the shift key down zooms in and out;
        // dragging mouse button one with the control key down pans the display
  public static void main(String[] args)
    throws RemoteException, VisADException
    new Plot_radar3dVCS (args);

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