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Modelled on watershed, with view. Compare foodshed.


viewshed (plural viewsheds)

  1. (geography) The view from a particular vantage point.
    • 1989, Stanley Aronoff, Geographic Information Systems:
      The viewshed is the area that can be "seen" (ie is in direct line-of-sight) from the specified target locations.
    • 1999, Bruce M Gittings, Integrating Information Infrastructures with Geographical Information:
      Whilst the viewshed quantifies visibility for a limited set of test locations...
    • 2000, Matthew Schmidt, Radiocarbon Dating New Zealand Prehistory Using Marine Shell
      The major shortcoming of viewshed analysis is the accuracy of the results.