Course on Maps & Graphs | Cartography Working Group | The Virtual Geography Department

Map Projections

This module is part of the Virtual Geography Department and has been prepared for the Cartography Working Group. These materials may be used for study, research, and education, but please credit the author and source: Laurie A. B.Garo, through The Virtual Geography Department, The University of Texas at Austin.

All commercial rights reserved. Copyright 1997 by Laurie A. B. Garo.

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Facts of Publication

Abstract: This module contains an exercise in which students are asked to identify and describe map projection properties, to compare distortions between various map projections, and to select their own projections for specific land areas and map types. The module presents background information on the basic principles and properties of map projections and how these are utilized for making informed decisions on map projection selection. This module is intended for introductory university cartography or mapping courses, but can be adapted to introductory courses in GIS and Remote Sensing as well (see Module Overview and Instructor's Notes)

Table of Contents:

Module Overview
  • Introduction to Map Projections
  • Supporting Materials Evaluation and Comments

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