Relative visibility of Scotland’s coastal marine areas from the land (Viewshed analysis)

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The Viewshed tool in ArcGIS has been used to develop a GIS layer, with approximately 30 m resolution, showing the visibility of locations in the sea in terms of the number of buildings with a view of any given location i.e. the higher the number the more buildings that can see that marine location from the land.

The analysis is featured in the paper  O’Higgins. et al. (2018) ‘Many Points of View?: Visibility Mapping for Marine Spatial’, 13, pp. 302–314. doi: 10.2902/1725-0463.2018.13.art18. 

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