Measurements from Maps
The Principles & Methods of Cartometry
- D. H. Maling, formerly University of Wales, UK
Dr Maling draws from a lifetime of experience in mathematical cartography to write on a topic which has been almost wholly ignored in English scientific literature - cartometry. He spent time with the British Geological Survey in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands and has the distinction of having Maling Peak on Coronation Island in the South Orkney Islands named after him. Dr\Maling has lectured in cartography and topographical sciences and is a founder member of the British Cartographic Society. This book covers the theory and practice of measuring distance and area on maps, using by extension, all kinds of remotely sensed images from satellite imagery through conventional aerial photographs to photomicrographs. Particular emphasis is placed upon the application of cartometry to the definition of maritime boundaries as established by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The book also shows the considerable overlap in interests between cartometry and stereology, the term used by biologists and others to describe the methods of measuring distance, area and volume of cells and organs examined microscopically. Little mathematical knowledge is assumed by the author, however the necessary background to some of the more complex mathematical arguments is given. The book includes case histories, worked examples and a glossary of commonly used symbols.
For scientists or technologists in fields of geography, cartography, geology, forestry, resource evaluation. Graduate and undergraduate courses.