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Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization (3RD 09 Edition)


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This comprehensive volume blends broad coverage of basic methods for symbolizing spatial data with an introduction to cutting-edge data visualization techniques. Offers clear descriptions of various aspects of effective, efficient map design, with an emphasis on the practical application of design theories and appropriate use of map elements. Clearly contrasts different approaches for symbolizing spatial data, in addition to individual mapping techniques. This edition includes updated material on the history of thematic cartography, maps and society, scale and generalization, and cartograms and flow mapping. For those interested in learning more about cartography.

About the Author

Terry A. Slocum currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas. He received his B.A. and M.A. from SUNY at Albany, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Professor Slocum has published extensively in numerous refereed outlets, including Cartography and Geographic Information Science,  Cartographica, Journal of Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, and The British Cartographic Journal. He has authored the books Thematic Cartography and Visualization (Prentice-Hall, 1999)  and Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization (Pearson Education, Inc., 2005) . From 1999  to 2002 , he served as editor of Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He has been involved in numerous grants, including two from the National Science Foundation, and has received two Teacher Appreciation awards from the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Kansas.  From 2003 to the present, he has served as Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas.

Fritz Kessler is currently an Associate Professor at Frostburg State University (FSU) located in Frostburg, MD and has been teaching a variety of geography courses since the fall of 1999. Professor Kessler’s cartographic background has evolved through a variety of cartographic related positions. He began his career in cartography while working in Ohio University’s Cartographic Center as an undergraduate student. After graduating from Ohio University in 1988 with a B.S. in Geography, he worked for the USGS Water Resource Division in Towson, MD as a Cartographic Technician. After receiving his M.S. from Penn State in 1991, he joined Intergraph as a Systems Analyst in Huntsville, AL. Desirous to return to production cartography, he took a position with R. R. Donnelley and Sons as a Cartographer. Although a fascinating experience, he chose to return to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, during which time he worked for the Kansas State Geological Survey as a GIS Technician and as a Map Librarian at the T. R. Smith Map Library.

In his ninth year of teaching at FSU, Fritz also holds a joint appointment through Penn State where he teaches and online course on map projections, datums, and coordinate systems in the Master of Geographic Information Systems degree program. Fritz has published in Cartographica, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping’s Bulletin. Fritz is currently the Editor of Cartographic Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal focusing on a broad array of cartographic topics, has served on the North American Cartographic and Information Society’s Board of Directors, and was the Secretary in the International Cartographic Association’s Working Group on Map Projections.

Table of Contents



1. Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization

1.1 What is a Thematic Map?     

1.2 How are Thematic Maps Used? 

1.3 Basic Steps for Communicating Map Information 

1.4 Consequences of Technological Change in Cartography 

1.5 Geovisualization 

1.6 Related Techniques 

1.7 Cognitive Issues in Cartography 

1.8 Social and Ethical Issues in Cartography 

2. A Historical Perspective on Thematic Cartography

2.1 A Brief History of Cartography 

2.2 History of Thematic Cartography 

2.3 History of U.S. Academic Cartography 

2.4 The Paradigms of American Cartography 

3. Statistical and Graphical Foundation

3.1 Population and Sample 

3.2 Descriptive Versus Inferential Statistics 

3.3 Methods for Analyzing Spatial Data, Ignoring Location 

3.4 Numerical Summaries in Which Location Is an Integral Component 


Principles of Cartography

4. Data Classification   

4.1 Common Methods of Data Classification 

4.2 Using Spatial Context to Simplify Choropleth Maps 

4.3 Using Multiple Criteria to Determine Class Intervals 

5. Principles of Symbolization

5.1 Nature of Geographic Phenomena 

5.2 Levels of Measurement 

5.3 Visual Variables 

5.4 Comparison of Choropleth, Proportional Symbol, Isopleth, and Dot Mapping 

5.5 Selecting Visual Variables for Choropleth Maps 

6. Scale and Generalization

6.1 Geographic and Cartographic Scale

6.2 Definitions of Generalization

6.3 Models of Generalization

6.4 The Fundamental Operations of Generalization

6.5 An Example of Generalization

6.6 MapShaper: A Free Web-Based Generalization Service 

7. The Earth and Its Coordinate System

7.1 Basic Characteristics of the Earth’s Graticule 

7.2 A Brief History of Latitude and Longitude 

7.3 Determining the Earth’s Size and Shape 

8. Elements of Map Projections

8.1 The Map Projection Concept 

8.2 The Reference Globe and Developable Surfaces 

8.3 The Mathematics of Map Projections 

8.4 Map Projection Characteristics 

8.5 Distortion on Map Projections 

8.6 Projection Properties 

9. Selecting an Appropriate Map Projection

9.1 Potential Selection Guidelines 

9.2 Examples of Selecting Projections 

10. Principles of Color

10.1 How Color Is Processed by the Human Visual System 

10.2 Hardware Considerations in Producing Color Maps for Graphics Displays 

10.3 Models for Specifying Color 

11. Map Elements and Typography

11.1 Alignment and Centering 

11.2 Map Elements 

11.3 Typography 

12. Cartographic Design

12.1 Cartographic Design 

12.2 Case Study: Real Estate Site Suitability Map 

13. Map Reproduction

13.1 Reproduction Versus Dissemination 

13.2 Planning Ahead 

13.3 Map Editing 

13.4 Raster Image Processing for Print Reproduction 

13.5 Screening for Print Reproduction 

13.6 Aspects of Color Printing 

13.7 High-Volume Print Reproduction 

13.8 Nonprint Reproduction and Dissemination 



Mapping Techniques

14. Choropleth Mapping

14.1 Selecting Appropriate Data 

14.2 Data Classification 

14.3 Factors for Selecting a Color Scheme 

14.4 Details of Color Specification 

14.5 Legend Design 

14.6 Classed Versus Unclassed Mapping 

15. Dasymetric Mapping

15.1 Selecting Appropriate Data and Ancillary Information 

15.2 Eicher and Brewer’s Work 

15.3 Mennis and Hultgren’s Intelligent Dasymetric Mapping (IDM) 

15.4 LandScan     

15.5 Langford and Unwin’s Generalized Dasymetric Approach 

16. Isarithmic Mapping

16.1 Selecting Appropriate Data 

16.2 Manual Interpolation 

16.3 Automated Interpolation for True Point Data 

16.4 Criteria for Selecting an Interpolation Method for True Point Data 

16.5 Limitations of Automated Interpolation Approaches 

16.6 Tobler’s Pycnophylactic Approach: An Interpolation Method for Conceptual Point Data 

16.7 Symbolization 

17. Proportional Symbol and Dot Mapping

17.1 Selecting Appropriate Data For Proportional Symbol Maps 

17.2 Kinds of Proportional Symbols 

17.3 Scaling Proportional Symbols 

17.4 Legend Design for Proportional Symbol Maps 

17.5 Handling Overlap on Proportional Symbol Maps 

17.6 Redundant Symbols 

17.7 Selecting Appropriate Data for Dot Maps 

17.8 Creating a Dot Map 


18. Multivariate Mapping

18.1 Bivariate Mapping 

18.2 Multivariate Mapping Involving Three or More Attributes 

18.3 Cluster Analysis 

19. Cartograms and Flow Maps

19.1 Cartograms 

19.2 Flow Mapping 

Part IV   


20. Visualizing Terrain

20.1 Nature of the Data 

20.2 Vertical Views 

20.3 Oblique Views 

20.4 Physical Models 

21. Map Animation

21.1 Early Developments 

21.2 Visual Variables and Categories of Animation 

21.3 Examples of Animations 

21.4 Using 3-D Space to Display Temporal Data 

21.5 Does Animation Work? 

22. Data Exploration

22.1 Goals of Data Exploration 

22.2 Methods of Data Exploration 

22.3 Examples of Data Exploration Software 

23. Visualizing Uncertainty   

23.1 Basic Elements of Uncertainty 

23.2 General Methods for Depicting Uncertainty 

23.3 Visual Variables for Depicting Uncertainty 

23.4 Applications of Visualizing Uncertainty 

23.5 Studies of the Effectiveness of Methods for Visualizing Uncertainty 

24. Web Mapping   

24.1 A Brief History of Web Mapping 

24.2 Cartographic Web Sites: A Classification 

24.3 Tying Together the Five Continua 

25. Virtual Environments   

25.1 Defining Virtual and Mixed Environments 

25.2 Technologies for Creating Virtual Environments 

25.3 The Four “I” Factors of Virtual Environments 

25.4 Applications of Geospatial Virtual Environments 

25.5 Research Issues in Geospatial Virtual Environments 

25.6 Developments in Mixed Environments 

25.7 Health, Safety, and Social Issues 

26. Trends in Research and Development

26.1 Linked Micromap Plots and Conditioned Choropleth Maps 

26.2 Using Senses Other Than Vision to Interpret Spatial Patterns 

26.3 Collaborative Geovisualization 

26.4 Multimodal Interfaces 

26.5 Information Visualization and Spatialization 

26.6 Spatial Data Mining 

26.7 Visual Analytics 

26.8 Mobile Mapping and Location-Based Services 

26.9 Keeping Pace with Recent Developments 

Appendix: Lengths of One Degree Latitude and Longitude




Product Details

Slocum, Terry A.
Prentice Hall
McMaster, Robert B.
ward, Hugh H
Kessler, Fritz C.
Howard, Hugh H
Earth Sciences - Geography
Prentice Hall Series in Geographic Information Science
Publication Date:
April 2008
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10.9 x 8.3 x 1 in 1370 gr

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