Contour Map Generator

Contour Map Generator


This contour map generator is part of The Adaptive Habitat Program.

The program has two pathways: (i) Self-Study or (ii) Guided & Guaranteed.

The program is hosted by Verge Permaculture and is a collaboration between Verge Permaculture, Adaptive Habitat, and Coen Farm.

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Help us continue to improve this self-study program and keep it free and open-source. Make a donation here.

Data Accuracy

This tool uses open elevation data provided by Mapzen. The underlying data sources are a mix of open source data from around the world, as such, quality and accuracy varies from place to place. You can see the approximated resolution for your location in the map. View an accuracy map here or visit this page for more detailed information.

Data provided by is purely informational.

Software, data and services

This tool is based on and works thanks to products/services of the following projects, companies or people: Leaflet, D3.js, Axis Maps, Mapbox, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Danilo da Rosa and Magick Media.

Contour Map Generator

Contour Map Generator

This contour map generator is a feature of The Adaptive Habitat Program, hosted by Verge Permaculture.
STEP 1: Select desired area on map
Navigate to the approximate location using map search and zoom functions.
Select the square icon to draw a square over the area you wish to map.
Use the pencil and box tool to edit the area or move the mapped area around. If you would like to delete the area, choose the trash can icon to start over.
STEP 2: Generate contour map

Choose the unit of measure [meters, feet] that you wish to use. Then choose a contour interval appropriate for the property you are mapping.

We recommend starting with a 1m - 2m [3ft - 6ft] contour interval.

STEP 3: Enter your email to sign up for the Adaptive Habitat Self-Study Program, and download your file.

The Self-Study Program is free, and by inputting your email below you gain access to:

  • Downloadable contour map (KML file).
  • Instructions on how to import & use the contour map for designing your property in Google Earth Pro.
  • The Adaptive Habitat Tool for Google Earth Pro.
  • A two-week online course on designing your property.
  • Five video case-studies (4+ hours) of past Adaptive Habitat projects.

Please ensure that you do not have popups blocked before submitting this form.

Your username is how you will appear to others when posting comments / questions about the self-study programs lessons. 
STEP 4: Download file to your computer
Download the KML file to an appropriate location on your computer.
Drawing contours...