20.03.2021 – New Contour Lines for Europe and some countries

Todays (20.03.2021) Europa map comes with new contourlines - New Lidar based contourlines are also available for the following Countries: Switzerland, France, Iceland, Slovakia, Belgium. And in Germany for the state of Sachsen-Anhalt. So please make sure when updating the Europe map to redownload the new contourlines. Actually the country maps of France, Belgium and Iceland had new contourlines for some months. The country maps of Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany and Sachsen-Anhalt will from today/tomorrow onwards have the new contourlines too. Most of western Europe is now covered with LIDAR based altitude data - about half of central Europa, and very little of Eastern Europe. Outside of Europe it's mainly ALOS World data.

Some other recent updates to the maps have been:

Reworking of peak prominence. 

Fixing Marina to adapt to current tagging standards which contradict the old ones.

Also use mtb:imba if mtb:scale does not exist.

Various small fixes and changes.

 

New Contourlines for Europe Continent map – and many European countries

After about 2 years time I've updated the Europe contourlines again. As they are a separate download, and each update may cause confusion - I only update them if there are significant improvements in the altitude data.

The following countries have seen major updates:

Germany (especially the Länder of Brandenburg, Sachsen, Bayern)

Great Britain (especially England, Wales, Northern Ireland - Scotland doesn't have LIDAR data yet as underlying data)

The North of Ireland

Norway

Spain

 

Some other countries have seen small updates. Also as mkgmap the map compiler was improved - the data size of the contourlines has decreased by about 10% even if the details are still identical.

While under Windows for the Europe continent map the installer will complain if you try to install the Europe map without the updated contourlines download - under macOS you will have to update manually and not forget about it.

 

I've incorporated all altitude data from Sonny that was published since the last updates: https://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-europe

(where there is no LIDAR based data by Sonny, as always I use ALOS World 3D as the main altitude data, and viewfinderpanoramas data for the areas north of N60 and South of S60).