Cartography and Visualization

Course Description

Maps capture the power of place. A well-designed map can stoke our imagination, helping us to understand how a place looks or feels. Maps serve two roles. First, maps facilitate visual communication where knowns are presented to map readers. Second, maps permit visual thinking where insights into patterns and trends in spatial data are explored. In GEOG 486, Cartography & Visualization, you will learn and apply cartographic theory creating appropriately designed maps. You will learn how to associate the visual variables to symbolize types of spatial data. This process creates an appropriate visual hierarchy that conveys an informational hierarchy about the underlying message. Thus, techniques in map design will be applied to produce, evaluate, and critique reference and thematic maps.

This course is part of the following programs: Master of Education in Earth Sciences, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Masters of Geographic Information Systems, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Adrienne Gruver

Hello everyone, my name is Adrienne Gruver. I am the instructor for this course. Geography 486 is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each project includes readings, a quiz, and discussion about concepts and tools in cartography and visualization. Through the course projects, students confront realistic mapping scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes for various kinds of data and surfaces, customizing coordinate systems and map projections, transforming data for proper representation, and designing multivariate representations.

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