Magazine article The Elementary STEM Journal

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Magazine article The Elementary STEM Journal

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

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In early civilizations, mapping was linked to astronomy, geometry, and surveying1. It was in 1579 that China developed a grid system to plot maps, making them more accurate than those in the European and Islamic areas of the time1. Over the next 500+ years, this field has expanded further and evolved with the subfield of photogrammetry, which uses photography in surveying and mapping for more accurate modeling of the Earth's surface and its features (BLS, 2018). This history-rich and established career field is also experiencing a huge boom. With a projected 19 percent growth by 2026, much faster than average, our society needs cartographers and photogrammetrists (BLS, 2018).

No longer a field meant for just artists, cartographers and photogrammetrists today utilize various technologies in their day-to-day responsibilities. For instance, they use remote-sensing systems including aerial cameras and satellites, things like light-imaging detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology. …

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