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getElevations(latit​ude, longitude, varargin)

version (3.12 KB) by Jaroslaw Tuszynski
getElevations function queries Google Maps API webservice for ground elevations


Updated 14 Dec 2017

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getElevations function queries Google Maps API webservice for ground elevations. See for details.

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Jaroslaw Tuszynski (2021). getElevations(latitude, longitude, varargin) (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (12)

Evan Bates

Update to my comment: You know have to activate billing on Google API

Evan Bates

Worked great, however, now it is throwing an error. I believe google API updated and now this function no longer works.

Jim Goodall

Easy, exactly what I was looking for.


Samuele Moscatelli

Thomas Moser

Some times i have the message "Google Maps API requestor has exceeded quota" & sometimes i haven't ... Someon can help me ? I read the quotas of free account Google API but i think i respect this.

Thomas Schilling

OK, the error is just a matter of the API response. Simple fix (AA is lat and lon):

e = nan(size(AA,1),1);
for i = 1:size(AA,1)
if isnan(e(i,:))==0
e(i,:) = get_Elevations(AA(i,1),AA(i,2));
e(i,:) = nan;

Thomas Schilling

Using the example I get:

Error using getElevations (line 79)
Google Maps API requestor has exceeded quota

Ingvild Forseth

Will Campbell

Jonas Hahlbohm

Chad Greene

This is fantastic. Easy to use, good error checking, and worked right out of the box. I ran into a query limit when I tried an array of 4800 points, but 480 points retrieved results in under a second. Grids work too. NaNs throw a urlread error, which is not intuitive to debug--perhaps a NaN check would help.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2017b
Compatible with any release
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Inspired: pinxau1000/Matlab-Google-Elevation-API

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