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Visualization in Modern Cartography

Visualization in Modern Cartography explores links between the centuries-old discipline of cartography and today's revolutionary developments in scientific visualization. The book has three main goals: (1) to pass on design and symbolization expertise to the scientific visualization community - information that comes from centuries of pre-computer visualization by cartographers, and their more recent experiences with computerizing the discipline; (2) to help cartographers cope with the dramatic shift from print cartography to a dynamic virtual cartography for which their role is changing from that of map designer to one of spatial information display (and/or interface) designer; (3) to illustrate the expanded role for cartography in geographic, environmental, planning, and earth science applications that comes with the development of interactive geographic visualization tools. To achieve these goals, the book is divided into three parts. The first sets the historical, cognitive, and technological context for geographic/cartographic visualization tool development. The second covers key technological, symbolization, and user interface issues. The third provides a detailed look at selected prototype geographic/cartographic visualization tools and their applications.

For students studying the spatial sciences as well as practitioners in the field including geographers, cartographers, urban and regional planners, earth and environmental scientists and those interested in scientific visualization.

Included in series
Modern Cartography Series


Published: October 1994

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-042416-3


  • ...cartographers who wish to extend their expertise into interactive and multimedia mapping will find it invaluable.
    Ron Beard, The Society of Cartographers, SUC Bulletin, Vol. 28, No. 2

    ...a good reference source for many exciting developments not only in cartographic visualization but also for all other computer-aided design and output interfaces.
    V. Mesev, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 1996


  • Preface. Introducing Geographic Visualization (GVIS). Visualization in modern cartography: setting the agenda (A. MacEachren). The Context for the Development of Geographic and Cartographic Visualization. Visualization in historical context (M. Wood). Cognitive issues in cartographic visualization (M.P. Peterson). The bridge between cartographic and geographic information systems (K. Artimo). Issues for Tool Design: Technology, Symbolization and Human-tool Interaction. Interactive multimedia for mapping (W. Cartwright). Visualization software tools (T.A. Slocum et al.). Colour use guidelines for mapping and visualization (C.A. Brewer). Sound and geographic visualization (J.B. Krygier). Designing a visualization user interface (M. Lindholm, T. Sarjakoski). Expert/novice use of visualization tools (C. McGuinness). Linking the Tool to the Use: Prototypes and Applications. Graphic narratives for analyzing environmental risks (M. Monmonier). Designing interactive maps for planning and education (H. Asche, C.M. Herrmann). Spatial-temporal analysis of urban air pollution (A. Koussoulakou). Interactive modelling environment for 3d maps: functionality and interface issues (M-J Kraak). Multivariate display of geographic data: applications in Earth system science (D. DiBiase et al.). Visualization and data quality (F.J.M. van der Wel et al.). The Future of Cartographic and Geographic Visualization. Perspectives on visualization and modern cartography (D.R. Fraser Taylor). Index.


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