Maps and Cartography

Maps and cartography are essential tools in geography that enable us to visualize and understand the Earth’s surface and its features.

Cartography is the art and science of creating maps, which involves the use of sophisticated technology and techniques to accurately represent the Earth’s physical and cultural features.

Maps provide a visual representation of the world, allowing us to identify patterns, explore spatial relationships, and navigate through unfamiliar terrain.

Google has added near real-time wildfire boundaries to its maps.

Google Adds Near Real-time Wildfire Boundaries to Search and Maps

Caitlin Dempsey

Google pulls data from NOAA's GOES satellites to map out wildfire boundaries.

H3, developed by Uber, divides the Earth into hexagons. Image: Uber.

H3: Open Source Geospatial Indexing System

Mark Altaweel

H3, developed by Uber, divides the Earth into hexagons.

Figure 4 (left) 2004 USGS imagery mosaic used for study area. Figure 5 (right) 2018 USGS imagery mosaic used for the study area.

Using GIS to Track Historical Land Cover Change and Growth Rate at Fort McCoy

GIS Contributor

Christian Rodriguez outlines the process to track land cover changes on a military installation using ArcGIS.

Find Your Way Downstream with Streamer

Rebecca Maxwell

Water is essential for life on the planet, and tool from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) makes it easy and fun ...

UAS-based acquisition pattern over the Santiaguito Lava Dome, Guatemala. Figure: Zorn et al., 2020.

Monitoring Volcanoes Using UAVs

Mark Altaweel

With the increase usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, scientists now have a powerful tool to map active volcanoes safely.