Barometric Altimeter

Barometric Altimeter


The altitude is computed from the local barometric pressure using the 1976 standard earth atmosphere formula. This formula, apparently works best at about 45 deg latitude, so if you are near the equator, like I am, then the default average elevation will be slightly offset from reality.

The observed value altitude can be calibrated, when the elevation at a location is already known. The approximate ground level elevation of where you are can be got from Google Maps.

Since the barometric pressure varies with the weather, this application may not give accurate results over a long period of time (say several hours), but the relative altitude/elevation is quite accurate for periods of ten's of minutes to less than an hour.

The rate of change of altitude is computed, which is useful to see how fast an elevator goes, or perhaps for skydivers, paragliders or birds.

Important note on Data Recording: Since the Android O/S is not meant to support an App running continuously as a background process, the only reliable way to continuously record data with this app, is to ensure that it is always a foreground process.

Keywords: Barometer Altimeter Altitude Elevation Pressure

Recent changes:
Please goto https://sites.google.com/site/msanders59/barometric-altimeter for user hints.

New features:

1. Added option to record data to the SD card.
2. Show the elevation and pressure values on the Plot Screen.
3. general UI enhancements and bug fixes.
4. Need two extra permissions for the new features. These are to write to external-storage-device, and wake-lock.
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About Barometric Altimeter
The altitude is computed from the local barometric pressure using the 1976 standard earth atmosphere formula. This formula, apparently works best at about 45 deg latitude, so if you are near the equator, like I am, then the default average elevation will be slightly offset from reality.

The observed value altitude can be calibrated, when the elevation at a location is already known. The approximate ground level elevation of where you are can be got from Google Maps.

Since the barometric pressure varies with the weather, this application may not give accurate results over a long period of time (say several hours), but the relative altitude/elevation is quite accurate for periods of ten's of minutes to less than an hour.

The rate of change of altitude is computed, which is useful to see how fast an elevator goes, or perhaps for skydivers, paragliders or birds.

Important note on Data Recording: Since the Android O/S is not meant to support an App running continuously as a background process, the only reliable way to continuously record data with this app, is to ensure that it is always a foreground process.

Keywords: Barometer Altimeter Altitude Elevation Pressure

Recent changes:
Please goto https://sites.google.com/site/msanders59/barometric-altimeter for user hints.

New features:

1. Added option to record data to the SD card.
2. Show the elevation and pressure values on the Plot Screen.
3. general UI enhancements and bug fixes.
4. Need two extra permissions for the new features. These are to write to external-storage-device, and wake-lock.

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A Google User
Oct 12, 2014
Simple and reliable I love the minimal setup and hassle!
A Google User
Jul 25, 2014
Altimeter This altimeter has a little error compare to other application of altimeter.
A Google User
Jun 2, 2014
Good enough
A Google User
Feb 10, 2013
Hasn't got it right once in 2 weeks of testing After 2 weeks of trying this app, it has not got the height above sea level correct once.
A Google User
Feb 10, 2013
Hasn't got it right once in 2 weeks of testing After 2 weeks of trying this app, it has not got the height above sea level correct once.