A Guide to Selecting Map Projections for World and Hemisphere Maps

Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


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.


Angular Distortion Pole Line Orthographic Projection Mercator Projection Cylindrical Projection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Science, Geospatial ScienceRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Esri Inc.RedlandsUSA
  4. 4.Arnold GeographicsPortlandUSA
  5. 5.U.S. Department of StateWashington, DCUSA
  6. 6.National GeographicWashington, DCUSA

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