Technological transition in cartography.

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A comprehensive overview of technological advances in cartography, examining the origins of systematic surveys and national survey organisations, present-day map making and publishing, the transition from paper map to geographic data base, and potential future uses of maps. An introductory chapter addresses the past century of technological progress and institutional developments. Chapter 2, location and navigation, investigates navigational techniques ranging from aboriginal way-finding, maritime charts and map projection, through to satellite navigation and warfare systems. Chapter 3, on boundaries and surveys, covers surveying techniques, lasers and electronic distance measuring, aerotriangulation, stereo plotting, geodesy, and surveying networks. Chapter 4 examines aerial surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, image analysis, and policy implications. Chapter 5 investigates decision support systems such as computer assisted cartography, geographic information systems, and national digital data banks. Chapter 6 covers map publishing and digital maps, while a final section discusses public policy aspects, data security implications, and humanistic challenges.-after Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnological transition in cartography.
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
ISBN (Print)0299100707, 9780299100704
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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