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Choosing a Map Projection

  • Miljenko Lapaine
  • E. Lynn Usery
  • Offers a guide to selecting map projections for non-technical users

  • Provides access to professional methods from experts in map projections

  • Addresses issues of importance to the burgeoning geospatial Web market


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Arthur H. Robinson, The Committee on Map Projections
    Pages 1-14
  3. Arthur H. Robinson, The Committee on Map Projections
    Pages 15-48
  4. Arthur H. Robinson, The Committee on Map Projections
    Pages 49-115
  5. Fritz C. Kessler, Sarah E. Battersby, Michael P. Finn, Keith C. Clarke
    Pages 117-148
  6. Waldo Tobler
    Pages 149-159
  7. Sabir M. Gusein-Zade, Vladimir S. Tikunov
    Pages 161-176
  8. Henrik Hargitai, Jue Wang, Philip J. Stooke, Irina Karachevtseva, Akos Kereszturi, Mátyás Gede
    Pages 177-202
  9. Bernhard Jenny, Bojan Šavrič
    Pages 203-211
  10. Bernhard Jenny, Bojan Šavrič, Nicholas D. Arnold, Brooke E. Marston, Charles A. Preppernau
    Pages 213-228
  11. Michael P. Finn, E. Lynn Usery, Laura N. Woodard, Kristina H. Yamamoto
    Pages 229-245
  12. Miljenko Lapaine
    Pages 247-257
  13. Miljenko Lapaine, Ana Kuveždić Divjak
    Pages 259-326
  14. Miljenko Lapaine
    Pages 327-343
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 345-360

About this book


This book offers a much-needed critical approach to the intelligent use of the wide variety of map projections that are rapidly and inexpensively available today. It also discusses the distortions that are immanent in any map projection. 

A well-chosen map projection is one in which extreme distortions are smaller than those in any other projection used to map the same area and in which the map properties match its purpose. Written by leading experts in the field, including W. Tobler, F.C. Kessler, S.E. Battersby, M.P. Finn, K.C. Clarke, V.S. Tikunov, H. Hargitai, B. Jenny and N. Frančula. This book  is designed for use by laymen. 

The book editors are M. Lapaine and E.L. Usery, Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the ICA Commission on Map Projections for the period 2011-2015.


Map Projection Cartography Web Mapping Geography Map Distortion

Editors and affiliations

  • Miljenko Lapaine
    • 1
  • E. Lynn Usery
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of GeodesyUniversity of Zagreb ZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information ScienceU.S. Geological SurveyRollaUSA

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