Get elevation information

Determine the elevation of the location you are collecting data.

Similar to automating weather collection, data events allow you to tap into any API that supports point coordinates. This example uses the MapQuest Open Elevation API to determine the elevation at the point you are collecting data. It assumes you have a numeric (integer) field called mq_elevation.

Elevation Query

function getElevation() {
  var options = {
    url: '',
    qs: {
      key: 'your_api_key',
      shapeFormat: 'raw',
      latLngCollection: LATITUDE() + ',' + LONGITUDE()

  REQUEST(options, function(error, response, body) {
    if (error) {
      ALERT('Error with request: ' + INSPECT(error));
    } else {
      elevation = JSON.parse(body);
      SETVALUE('mq_elevation', elevation.elevationProfile[0].height);

ON('change-geometry', getElevation);

Alternatively, altitude can be determined (as shown in the .gif animation as ‘Device Elevation’) with a Calculation Expression as shown in this example.