Article published in the ICA 11th Mountain Cartography Workshop Proceedings. The May 2018 workshop was held on the island of Hvar, Croatia. A PDF of the full workshop proceedings will be available later this summer.
Learn about the design and development of the Equal Earth projection in this August 7, 2018, article published in the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
My article published in the ICA 10th Mountain Cartography Workshop Proceedings. The April 2016 workshop was held in the Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany. For a PDF of the full workshop proceedings, click here.
Patterson, T. (2016). Mountain Cartography. 16 Years ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography. Chapter examining the evolution of relief presentations on maps by Harpers Ferry Center, the media service center of the US National Park Service.
Šavrič, B., Patterson, T. and Jenny, B. (2016). The Natural Earth II world map projection. International Journal of Cartography (online access, ahead-of-print), p. 1–11.
Patterson, T., Šavrič, B., and Jenny, B. (2015). Cartographic Perspectives (No.78). Describes the projection design and characteristics, and developing the equations.
Jenny, B., Šavrič, B., and Patterson, T. (2015). International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
Article in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 76) about developing the Seafloor Map of Hawai‘i. The article explains how to depict the huge mountains and canyons of undersea Hawai‘i with multi-beam bathymetry and plan oblique relief.
The results of a survey with 200 participants comparing cross-blended hypsometric tints (elevation colors) with conventional hypsometric tints. The survey revealed significant differences between map readers in the US and those in Europe.
A Web preview of an article that will apepar in Cartographic Perspectives No. 74. The article discusses Gray Earth, the newest raster basemap in the Natural Earth collection, featuring shaded relief merged with locally-enhanced hypsometric tints.
Jenny, B. and Patterson, T. (2013). Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 40-4, p. 289–296.
This retrospective paper examines the creation of Natural Earth raster data, now available in three versions, and discusses possible future additions to the dataset. Presented at the New Zealand Cartographic Association, Geocart2012 conference.
An article about the Shaded Relief Archive project published in World of Museums magazine, summer 2012, Moscow. By T. Patterson and B. Jenny. Available in English and in Russian with additional introductory text and illustrations by A.Kovalev.
Šavrič, B., Jenny, B., Patterson, T., Petrovič, D. and Hurni, L. (2011). Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 38-4, p. 363–372.
Jenny, B., Patterson, T. and Hurni, L. (2011). Kartographische Nachrichten, 61-3, p. 133–139 [German].
Cross-blended hypsometric tints employ variable lowland colors customized to match the differing natural environments of world regions. Green is absent from arid lowlands, as is typical of traditional hypsometric tints. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 69, 2011), the journal of the NACIS.
Paper presented with Nathaniel V. Kelso at the 2010 ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop, Borsa, Romania.
Jenny, B. and Patterson, T. (letter from the guest editors) (2010).
Jenny, B., Patterson, T. and Hurni, L. (2010). International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
Maps made in a university class differ from those made by careerists in terms of purpose and design. I discuss what these differences are, why they exist, and the changes students can expect when transitioning to the professional ranks. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 65, Winter 2010), the journal of NACIS.
Patterson, T and Kelso, N. (2009). Cartographic Perspectives (No.64). Natural Earth Vector is a public domain, dataset available at 1:10, 1:50, and 1:110-million scales. .
Jenny, B., Patterson, T. and Hurni L. (2008). Cartographic Perspectives (No. 59, Winter 2008), p. 12–27 and 68.
Results from an online survey that gives a snapshot of the opinions held by the mapping community on map design. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 57, Spring 2008), the journal of the NACIS.
Paper presented at the 2008 ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop, Lenk, Switzerland.
A study conducted at Zion National Park by David Schobesberger, University of Vienna, Austria, to determine which type of map best communicates trail information to hikers at trailhead signboards. The study involved 185 on trail interviews and over 300 passive observations of people reading trailhead maps.
A disussion of Flex Projector software and the development of the Natural Earth projection, a pseudocylindrical projection designed specifically for presenting world physical data. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 59, Winter 2008), the journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).
Read about plan oblique relief, a new digital technique for rendering three-dimensional terrain on planimetric maps. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 57, Spring 2007), the journal of the NACIS.
Producing a National Park Service visitor map is a collaborative effort involving many people. The article discusses this and the challenge of mapping a remote mountain and marine wilderness for a unique audience of park visitors—cruise ship passengers.
In-depth discussion of NPS bird's-eye views and practical design and production tips about large-scale 3D mapping. The accompanying image gallery showcases some 30 years of work by NPS contract illustrators, in both traditional and digital forms. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 52, Fall 2005).
Based on Hal Shelton's pioneering work a half century ago, this paper discusses how to produce natural-color maps with digital data. An image gallery takes you on a tour of North America from the arctic archipelago of Canada to the volcanoes of southern Mexico. First published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 47, Winter 2004).
A technique in Photoshop for systematically creating continuous-tone hypsometric tints that mimic natural vegetation colors. Small-scale maps are the intended use.
An examination of the techniques developed by the NPS for designing 2D plan maps with a faux realistic look. A gallery of images rewards readers who make it all the way to the end. Published in Cartographic Perspectives (No. 43, Fall 2002).
This illustrated piece discusses the manipulation of raw DEM data in Photoshop for creating 3D cartographic special effects. Published in the special ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography issue (Vol. 38) of Cartographica, the journal of the Canadian Cartographic Association.
This paper analyzes the work of the late Heinrich Berann, the master traditional panoramist from Lans, Austria. The article includes illustrations comparing Berann's panoramas to digital landscapes and four hi-res panoramas for downloading (great for making screen savers). The paper was first presented at the 2000 ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop, Rudolfshutte, Austria and was later published in the Spring 2000 issue (Vol. 36) of Cartographic Perspectives.
An examination of shaded relief production and presentation techniques using Photoshop 4.0 and higher. The article appeared in the Winter 1997 (No. 36) issue of Cartographic Perspectives, the journal of the NACIS.
An illustrated paper that reports on techniques developed by the National Park Service for the production, presentation, and manipulation of 3D landscapes. Presented at the 1998 Mountain Cartography Workshop, Bielerhöhe, Austria.
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