4th Edition

Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization, Fourth Edition

    612 Pages 462 Color & 16 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    612 Pages 462 Color & 16 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This comprehensive and well-established cartography textbook covers the theory and the practical applications of map design and the appropriate use of map elements. It explains the basic methods for visualizing and analyzing spatial data and introduces the latest cutting-edge data visualization techniques. The fourth edition responds to the extensive developments in cartography and GIS in the last decade, including the continued evolution of the Internet and Web 2.0; the need to analyze and visualize large data sets (commonly referred to as Big Data); the changes in computer hardware (e.g., the evolution of hardware for virtual environments and augmented reality); and novel applications of technology.

    Key Features of the Fourth Edition:

    • Includes more than 400 color illustrations and it is available in both print and eBook formats.
    • A new chapter on Geovisual Analytics and individual chapters have now been dedicated to Map Elements, Typography, Proportional Symbol Mapping, Dot Mapping, Cartograms, and Flow Mapping.
    • Extensive revisions have been made to the chapters on Principles of Color, Dasymetric Mapping, Visualizing Terrain, Map Animation, Visualizing Uncertainty, and Virtual Environments/Augmented Reality.
    • All chapters include Learning Objectives and Study Questions.
    • Provides more than 250 web links to online content, over 730 references to scholarly materials, and additional 540 references available for Further Reading.

    There is ample material for either a one or two-semester course in thematic cartography and geovisualization. This textbook provides undergraduate and graduate students in geoscience, geography, and environmental sciences with the most valuable up-to-date learning resource available in the cartographic field. It is a great resource for professionals and experts using GIS and Cartography and for organizations and policy makers involved in mapping projects.

    Chapter 1. Introduction, Chapter 2. A Historical Perspective on Thematic Cartography, Chapter 3. Statistical and Graphical Foundation, Chapter 4. Principles of Symbolization, Chapter 5. Data Classification, Chapter 6. Scale and Generalization, Chapter 7. The Earth and Its Coordinate System, Chapter 8. Elements of Map Projections, Chapter 9. Selecting an Appropriate Map Projection, Chapter 10. Principles of Color, Chapter 11. Map Elements, Chapter 12. Typography, Chapter 13. Cartographic Design, Chapter 14. Map Reproduction, Chapter 15. Choropleth Mapping, Chapter 16. Dasymetric Mapping, Chapter 17. Isarithmic Mapping, Chapter 18. Proportional Symbol Mapping, Chapter 19. Dot Mapping, Chapter 20. Cartograms, Chapter 21. Flow Mapping, Chapter 22. Multivariate Mapping, Chapter 23. Visualizing Terrain, Chapter 24. Map Animation, Chapter 25. Data Exploration, Chapter 26. Geovisual Analytics, Chapter 27. Visualizing Uncertainty,Chapter 28. Virtual Environments and Augmented Reality


    Terry Slocum is an Emeritus Professor with the University of Kansas where he taught cartography and statistics for 35 years, and chaired the Department of Geography for 8 years. His research interests have included data exploration, map animation, visualizing uncertainty, stereoscopic displays, history of thematic mapping, and color usage on maps. He has published in numerous refereed journals, including Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartographica, The Cartographic Journal, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of Geoscience Education, and Journal of Geography. Professor Slocum has been affiliated with six grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and received two Teacher Appreciation Awards from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. He has chaired 14 dissertation and thesis committees and served on more than 75 dissertation and thesis committees.

    Robert B. McMaster is Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Geography, at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. His research interests include automated generalization, environmental risk assessment, Geographic Information Science and society, and the history of U.S. academic cartography. He has authored or edited seven books on cartography and GIS, and his papers have been published in The American Cartographer, Cartographica, The International Yearbook of Cartography, Geographical Analysis, Cartography and GIS, and the International Journal of GIS. He served as editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from 1990-1996. He has served as President of the United States’ Cartography and Geographic Information Society, President of UCGIS, and Vice President of the International Cartographic Association. Robert served a three-year term on the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee (2005-2008). In 2010, he was named GIS Educator of the Year by the University Consortium on Geographic Information Science. In 2013 he was named Fellow of UCGIS.

    Fritz Kessler is a Teaching Professor with Penn State. His teaching interests span cartography, statistics, and geography of health. His research focus spans several topics in cartography that include map projections, geometric and geopotential datums, history of thematic mapping, and data exploration. He has published in numerous refereed journals, including Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartographica, Cartographic Perspectives, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of Geography, and GeoJournal. He also coauthored a book with Dr. Sarah Battersby (at Tableau) titled Working with Map Projections: A Guide to their Selection. He is a former President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and a board member to the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). His cartographic background is not limited to academia but has evolved through a several professional positions including Ohio University’s Cartographic Center, USGS Water Resource Division, Intergraph Corporation, R. R. Donnelley and Sons, and the University of Kansas’ T. R. Smith Map Library.

    Hugh Howard is a professor of GIS at American River College in Sacramento, California, which hosts one of the largest GIS programs in the nation. He is the GIS Coordinator, Geosciences Department Chair, and currently teaches five GIS courses, including Cartographic Design for GIS. Hugh earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas specializing in cartographic design, and developed an expert system software application to aid students in designing better maps. In 2019, he won an Excellence in Education award from the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA), and a Lifetime Achievement in Geospatial Two-Year College Education award from the GeoTech Center (an NSF-funded National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence). Hugh has worked as a cartographer for the U.S. Forest Service, the City of San Francisco, CB Richard Ellis, and Cartographics. He also taught GIS and managed GIS labs at Stanford University and San Francisco State University.

    Interest in professional cartography has decreased since the 1980s at the expense of newer and emergent geographic information systems (GIS) software and related technologies. However, the fourth edition of this classic cartography textbook features significant additions made since its previous edition (2009) and reclaims geographic analysis as the realm of digital cartography. This text is admirably comprehensive in describing the development of the field of modern cartography from the 1950s to the present and surprisingly current in its engagement with the latest research. The text is organized into three main parts covering, respectively, principles, techniques, and geovisualization. The principles section covers foundational cartographic topics, including symbolization, classification, map projections, and map production. The techniques section covers choropleth maps and more advanced approaches, including highly informative chapters on intelligent dasymetric mapping (IDM) and multivariate mapping. The geovisualization chapters (part 3) include the most significant additions, including details of geovisual data analytics, map animation, and virtual environments. This edition clearly conveys the relevance of digital cartography to the emerging field of data science and will continue to be a required resource for academic programs offering the GIS specialization. This latest version is a teaching resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals offering entrée to the classic and latest cartographic innovations.

    --C. A. Badurek, SUNY Cortland