When viewing a segment on the website, the elevation profile currently augments the elevation axis to maximize the range of the sample. This works well for segments with larger vertical relief but creates the false impression of significant hills on shorter, flatter segments. I think there should be a minimum of 5 metres shown on the y axis to better represent 'flat segments'.
The image below shows a segment that is nearly perfectly flat along the coast, but as seen, the elevation profile gives the impression of a steep hill to begin the segment, which there isn't.
Hi Tarek: Thanks for mentioning this. Could you clarify - are you noticing this on one specific segment, or is this something you notice in general on flatter segments?
This is for all segments. I'll show some other extreme examples below.
*note the y-axis says '10 m' for each segment it presents*
The same is true for longer segments as well, the slope of the lines increases drastically if it the elevation range is very small, but the distance is long, as the small variation gets condensed into a smaller shape, shown below;
*Elevation change of less than 2 m, but looks like a reasonably sized hill*
Thanks for explaining. I've moved this post onto our Feature Suggestions board where others will be able to vote on it.
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