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Choosing a Map Projection

Part of the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography pp 213-228

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A Guide to Selecting Map Projections for World and Hemisphere Maps

  • Bernhard JennyAffiliated withSchool of Science, Geospatial Science, RMIT UniversityCollege of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University Email author 
  • , Bojan ŠavričAffiliated withEsri Inc.College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • , Nicholas D. ArnoldAffiliated withArnold GeographicsCollege of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • , Brooke E. MarstonAffiliated withU.S. Department of StateCollege of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • , Charles A. PreppernauAffiliated withNational GeographicCollege of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

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Abstract

Selecting the most suitable projection can be challenging, but it is as essential a part of cartographic design as color and symbol selection and should be given the same degree of consideration. A poorly chosen projection can result in misinterpreted information and impact the effectiveness of a map. This chapter provides guidance in selecting projections for world and hemisphere maps .