Location Analysis: Visibility
The example here shows the visibility pattern of a proposed development of 40 homes on the north flank of Mt Holyoke in western Massachusetts. The first image is a "bare earth" model, with the color indicating how many of the new homes would see - and be seen from - the surrounding areas (magenta through red; black dots are house sites). The second image includes the effects of forest, removing forested areas (green) and their "visibility shadows" from the result by assuming a fixed forest height in all forested areas. These two results represent end-member solutions to the visibility problem - the true visibility pattern would lie somewhere between these two, and could be determined more accurately with more detailed modeling of forest vegetation, existing buildings, other viewshed obstructions, and the siting of the individual houses.