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Planetary Cartography and GIS

  • Henrik Hargitai

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrea Naß, Henrik Hargitai, Manfred Buchroithner
      Pages 3-26
    3. Henrik Hargitai, Andrea Naß
      Pages 27-64
    4. Marc Hunter, Rose Hayward, Trent Hare
      Pages 65-74
    5. Henrik Hargitai, Konrad Willner, Trent Hare
      Pages 75-101
  3. Specialized Planetary Mapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Ernst Hauber, Andrea Naß, James A. Skinner, Alexandra Huff
      Pages 105-145
    3. Henrik Hargitai, Konrad Willner, Manfred Buchroithner
      Pages 147-174
    4. Maurizio Pajola, Sandro Rossato, Emanuele Baratti, Alexandre Kling
      Pages 175-190
    5. Philip Stooke, Maurizio Pajola
      Pages 191-203
  4. Cartographic Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Valentina Galluzzi
      Pages 207-218
    3. Lingli Mu, Jianjun Liu, Longfei Liu
      Pages 219-234
    4. I. P. Karachevtseva, A. A. Kokhanov, Zh. Rodionova
      Pages 235-251
    5. Anna Losiak, Izabela Gołębiowska, Nina Sejkora, Gernot Groemer
      Pages 253-261
    6. I. P. Karachevtseva, A. A. Kokhanov, N. A. Kozlova, Zh. F. Rodionova
      Pages 263-278
  5. Mapping Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Stuart J. Robbins
      Pages 281-286

About this book


This book approaches geological, geomorphological and topographical mapping from the point in the workflow at which science-ready datasets are available. Though there have been many individual projects on dynamic maps and online GISs, in which coding and data processing are given precedence over cartographic principles, cartography is more than “just” processing and displaying spatial data. However, there are currently no textbooks on this rapidly changing field, and methods tend to be shared informally.  

Addressing this gap in the literature, the respective chapters outline many topics pertaining to cartography and mapping such as the role and definition of planetary cartography and (vs?) Geographic Information Science; theoretical background and practical methodologies in geological mapping; science-ready versus public-ready products; a goal/procedure-focused practical manual of the most commonly used software in planetary mapping, which includes generic (ArcGIS and its extensions, JMARS) and specific tools (HiView, Cratertools etc.); extracting topographic information from images; thematic mapping: climate; geophysics; surface modeling; change detection; landing site selection; shared maps; dynamic maps on the web; planetary GIS interfaces; crowdsourcing; crater counting techniques; irregular bodies; geological unit symbology; mapping center activities; and web services.

All chapters were prepared by authors who have actually produced geological maps or GISs for NASA / the USGS, DLR, ESA or MIIGAIK. Taken together, they offer an excellent resource for all planetary scientists whose research depends on mapping, and for students of astrogeology.


Planetary mapping geological mapping Earth and Planetary Science Dynamic Mapping Planetology

Editors and affiliations

  • Henrik Hargitai
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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