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Computer Cartography Final Review

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Computer Cartography Final Review GPY 200

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Geoids, datums, projection and coordinate systems
Computer Cartography
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Date Created: 04/19/16
Final Exam Review of GPY 200 Computer Cartography  I. Mapping methods  Graduated color maps –  Use hue value to represent quantities  Most often used for area features  “The greater the attribute value, the darker the hue value”  Choropleth maps –   Type of graduated color map that exhibits attribute values that are best for  mapping relative data values (densities, ratios)  Use hue value to display areas (lightness or darkness), dark = more  Monochromatic (single color) = depict ratio  Dichromatic (use of two colors) = shows areas above or below an average  Normalization –  Used in graduated colors (choropleth) or graduated symbols mapping to:  Convert raw counts/amounts to density data  Express an attribute as a ratio of something  Graduated symbol maps –   Use symbol size to express quantities  Typically used for point features, use of line thickness for lines  Area features have a marker symbol placed in the center of the polygon  Quantitative values grouped into classes to show rank or progression of values  YOU CAN’T TELL THE VALUE OF INDIVIDUAL FEATURES  Proportional symbol maps • Compare and contrast graduated symbol maps and proportional symbol  maps  Can be used to map point, line, & area features  Size of a symbol reflects the actual data value of a phenomenon  Represent data values MORE PRECISELY  Difficulty arises when there are too many values where differences  become (high values can be so large to obscure other symbols)  Dot density maps  Used for area features to show quantity by adjusting the # of dots (density)   Each dot represents a certain # of units  Dot size is identical   Limitations: dots are RANDOMLY distributed throughout area, so the exact  location cannot be discerned 1 II. Basic Geodesy  What is geodesy? Study of the size and shape of the earth that provides basic reference systems to  determine exact positions of points on Earth’s surface  What are the three earth models? Spherical, ellipsoidal, and geoidal models  Spherical model for SMALL SCALE mapping   Authalic sphere based on the WGS84 ellipsoid  Spherical Model: Represents Earth as a perfect sphere for easier math calculations  Authalic sphere: same surface area as the ellipsoid Earth    Ellipsoidal model combined with geodetic datum for LARGE SCALE mapping   Semi­major (equatorial radius)   f = (a­b)/a  Flattening (f) relationship between equatorial & polar radii  3 commonly used reference ellipsoids in the U.S. Clarke 1866 GRS (Geodetic Reference System) 80 WGS (World Geodetic System) 84  Geoid model for ground surveyed positions (true zero surface for elevation)  What is the Geoid? Earth­like or Earth­shaped reference surface for  surveying, used as a true zero surface for measuring elevations  What is mean sea level (MSL) used for? Geophysical model   What is datum? Frame of reference used as a basis for calculating and measuring (Lat & Long values)  • 3 commonly used datums in the U.S. NAD 27 NAD 83 WGS 84 III. Geographical Coordinates & Properties of the Graticule  What are the two major types of coordinate systems? Geographical (Lat & Long) and Plane  (X,Y) Coordinate Systems  Longitude & latitude 2  Parallels ­  Lines of equal latitude   Meridians – Lines of equal longitude  What is the Graticule? Imaginary network of parallels & meridians on Earth  (Properties: Distance, Direction, Area)  What is a great circle? Circle formed that passes through the center of the sphere  How many directions and what directions are usually presented on a map? 1) True or geographic directions ­  directions determined by the orientation of the  graticule N­S meridians and E­W parallel 2) Magnetic directions 3) Grid directions IV. Major Map Projections  What is map projection? • A map projection is a way to flatten the earth • A map projection uses mathematical formulas to transform the geographic  coordinates of features on the curved (3D) earth surface to plane coordinates  (x,y) on a flat (2D) surface  Major types of map projection based on geometric property preserved 1) Conformal projections • Shapes true; area distorted • Ex: Mercator, Transverse Mercator, Lambert conformal conic 2) Equal­area (equivalent) projections • Area true; shapes distorted • Ex: Peters, Mollweide, Albers equal­area, Lambert equal­area  Conformal or equal­area projection?  LG. SCALE = CONFORMAL  For large­scale (below the state level) mapping, use conformal projections  Ex 1: USGS uses a conformal projection (e.g., Lambert conformal conic,  Transverse Mercator) for many of its topographic maps. Ex 2: Transverse Mercator (conformal) is the base for the UTM plane  coordinate system 3  For small­scale (country, continents, world) mapping, use equal­area  projections  SM. SCALE = EQUAL AREA Ex: Many U.S. government agencies (e.g. the Census Bureau) use an equal­ area projection (Albers equal­area conic) for standard base maps. V. Plane Coordinate Systems  Typically used in large­scale mapping such as at a scale of 1:24,000 or larger  Designed for detailed calculations and positioning   False easting (X) and false northing (Y)  Plane coordinate systems used on maps in the U.S.  • Universal transverse Mercator (UTM) •  grid syste m –   Based on the Transverse Mercator Projection (conformal)  Worldwide coordinate system, divides Earth into 60 zones (6°)  Michigan in UTM Zone 16N • State plane coordinate (SPC) •  sys • te • m •    •    Defined for each of the 50 U.S. States, may have 2 or more SPC Zones to  minimize distortion • Uni • versa • l  • polar stereographic (UPS) grid system •  Covers polar areas using grid zones of 100 km squares • Public land survey system (PLSS)  System is defined on the ground, not on a grid superimposed map   Basic unit = acre  Townships 6­by­6­mile squares with N­S and E­W lines 4 VI. Projected coordinate systems commonly used on Michigan maps  MiGeoref –   Covers the entire state of Michigan in ONE zone  Uses an oblique Mercator projection  4 parts in 10,000  UTM  Below the state level: zones 15, 16, 17  Transverse Mercator projection  4 parts in 10,000  Disadvantage: zone boundaries are meridians that cut though state, county, & local gov’t boundaries   SPC(S)  Below the state level: North, Central, South  More Accurate to one part in 10,000  Zone boundaries to follow county boundaries 5


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