Cartography and Geographic Information Science

A scholarly journal devoted to extending cartographic methodology. Publishes original research papers on traditional cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and other digital mapping technologies. Content also includes technical notes, bibliogr

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, January

An Automated Method of Scale Selection and Sheet Configuration for Multiple Sheet Census Maps with Insets
Introduction In its many data gathering operations, its geographic information sharing programs, and its public data distribution, the U.S. Census Bureau is both a huge user and a producer of maps. Since the advent of its digital TIGER database...
Assessment of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Elevation Data Based on Topographic Maps in Turkey
Introduction The topographic models of Earth's landmass are considered fundamental in a variety of geospatial applications, including mapping, hydrology, geology, navigation, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), mission planning, and mission simulation....
Automating Landscape Illustration with Pen and Ink Style Rendering
Introduction The art of perspective landscape illustration has a long history in the study and description of landforms and their underlying geological structures. Imhof (2007, pp. 1-14) traced its development from Mesopotamian relief representations...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Interactive Map Interface Designs: A Case Study Integrating Usability Metrics with Eye-Movement Analysis
Introduction About ten years ago, Howard and MacEachren (1996) predicted that digital "softcopy" maps were becoming the norm replacing paper maps, and as a result, the design of interface tools would become as fundamental to cartography as the design...
Extracting Composite Cartographic Area Features in Low-Quality Maps
Introduction pattern recognition in cartographic documents aims at the delineation and extraction of spatial information and its incorporation into GIS as raster or vector data (Chen et al. 1999). Methods for recognition in maps are particularly...
First Responders and Crisis Map Symbols: Clarifying Communication
Introduction Fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, landslides, earthquakes, terrorism, shootings, bombings--the list goes on and on. These extreme events have become memorable episodes in our lives and seem to be the top news headlines with increasing...
Foreword
AutoCarto2008, the seventeenth international research symposium on computer-based cartography, was held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, September 8-11, 9008. Organized...
Real-Time Visualization in Operational Hydrology through Web-Based Cartography
Introduction Motivation Due to global climate change and the accompanying rise of air temperature, the intensity of precipitation events and their consequent natural hazards--such as flooding--are increasing while their recurrence intervals are...
Spatial Relationship Networks: Network Theory Applied to GIS Data
Introduction Throughout the short history of digital geospatial science, the data modeling construct has been used to describe and represent complex human and natural phenomena and situations (Longley et al. 2001). Geographic modeling efforts have...
The Impact of User Expertise on Geographic Risk Assessment under Uncertain Conditions
Introduction This research speaks to two current trends within GIScience. One is demonstrated in the recent advances in geospatial technologies, particularly web-based applications and location-based services, which have improved the availability,...
Topological Coordinates: Numerically Encoding the Underlying Topological Structure of Plane Graphs
Introduction The goal of this paper is to bring some recent results in combinatorial geometric graph theory (Felsner 2004; Mohar and Thomassen 2001) to the attention of computer mappers and GIS algorithm developers. Some key mathematical concepts...