How to collect all possible coordinates present inside a polygon area

Basically I want to calculate the location which has max height terrain of the selected area. Area is selecting by drawing a polygon.

I understand that we can get actual terrain height with the help of Cesium.sampleTerrainMostDetailed

So to pass coordinates array sampleTerrainMostDetailed, first I need to calculate all the possible coordinates present inside the drawn polygon.

var viewer = new Cesium.Viewer('cesiumContainer');

var bluePolygon = viewer.entities.add({
    name : 'Blue polygon',
    polygon : {
        hierarchy : {
            positions : Cesium.Cartesian3.fromDegreesArray([-99.0, 30.0,
                                                            -85.0, 30.0,
                                                            -85.0, 40.0,
                                                            -99.0, 40.0]),
        material : Cesium.Color.BLUE.withAlpha(0.5),
        height : 0,
        outline : true // height is required for outline to display

In short, I want to collect all the possible coordinates which are present inside a polygon to pass them in sampleTerrainMostDetail function to know which coordinate has max height.

Sandcastle link


  • Jacky

Hi, Jacky.
Take a look to the pointGrid method in the Turf library.
We use it in a project I work to solve the similar issues.

1 Like

Thank you Sooo much @Olga_Aptekar for giving me a hint. I’m new on turf, So could you please try to tell me how can I use turf in my sandcastle code to get all coordinates present inside the polygon? Will it work if polygon shape is zigzag?

  • Jacky

@Jacky, yes, it will work for any shape of polygon.

I’m not sure that it is possible to use a side library in the Cesium Sandcastle.
But you can use Turf playground to see how it works.

Example for Turf playground:

const map ="map").setView([42.32481709325035, -72.37353086471558], 20);

L.tileLayer('{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
  attribution: '&copy; <a href="">OpenStreetMap</a> contributors'

const polygon = turf.polygon([
        [-72.37353086471558, 42.32481709325035],
        [-72.3738956451416, 42.324594989789134],
        [-72.3735523223877, 42.324436343979656],
        [-72.37387418746948, 42.32430942704402],
        [-72.37363815307616, 42.32405559240466],
        [-72.37391710281372, 42.32388108049599],
        [-72.37363815307616, 42.32367483852534],
        [-72.37352013587952, 42.32375416244021],
        [-72.37370252609253, 42.32385728338004],
        [-72.37343430519104, 42.32408732179058],
        [-72.37361669540404, 42.32429356240905],
        [-72.37331628799438, 42.324428411678674],
        [-72.373605966568, 42.3246108543481],
        [-72.37338066101074, 42.32473777067564],
        [-72.37353086471558, 42.32481709325035]


// Takes a set of features, calculates the bbox of all input features, and returns a bounding box.
// BBox - bbox extent in minX, minY, maxX, maxY order
const bbox = turf.bbox(polygon);
const cellSideMeter = 1.0;
const options = {
	units: 'meters',
  mask: polygon

// Creates a Point grid from a bounding box, FeatureCollection or Feature.
// FeatureCollection <Point> - grid of points
const pointGrid = turf.pointGrid(bbox, cellSideMeter, options);
const pointGridCoordinates = => f.geometry.coordinates);


After these calculations you may copy resulted pointGrid coordinates from a console to Cesium Sandcastle code, like here

1 Like

That’s amazing. Thank you so much @Olga_Aptekar for the example code you have shared. You saved me :heart_eyes:

I’m glad to hear that :slight_smile:
Good luck, @Jacky


You are a rockstar! Thank you for taking a look at this thread :pray:


1 Like