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.

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.

Using Mobile Phone Data to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Mark Altaweel

Mobile phone data could be used to limit the spread of the virus while medical experts can also use it to project next steps in fighting a pandemic.

1562 map of the Western Hemisphere.

What is “Horror Vacui” in Cartography?

Caitlin Dempsey

If you've ever looked at a map created in the 1500s and 1600s, you might notice that many cartographers have filled every space with some kind of detail.

Map: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE, screenshot captured April 8, 2020.

Mapping the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19

Caitlin Dempsey

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is mapping the spread of the coronavirus in near-realtime.

This Map is Tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Near-Realtime

Caitlin Dempsey

An interactive GIS dashboard developed by Johns Hopkins University is mapping COVID-19 cases with near real-time tracking.