A Hierarchical Coordinate System for Geoprocessing and by Geoffrey H. Dutton

By Geoffrey H. Dutton

Whilst spatial info is digitized to be used in geographic info structures and different software program, information regarding its unique scale, answer and accuracy is often misplaced. for this reason, utilizing such details at diverse scales and mixing it with information from different assets might be tough. Mapping vector information at smaller than the unique scale calls for its generalization, that's frequently dealt with via post-processing in ways in which are just weakly supported via databases. The types and techniques defined during this e-book conquer many such difficulties through offering a multi-resolution facts illustration that enables retrieval of map facts at a hierarchy of scales, in addition to documenting the accuracy of each spatial coordinate.

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Wickman's group preferred true equal area partitions, achieved by inserting "correction points" near the center of each chord, turning each edge from one into two great circle arcs, and positioning these points to make the resulting facets equal in spherical area. A numbering scheme was then devised that encoded the tessellation hierarchically with the digits 1-4. The system was coded in Fortran IV on an IBM 360/75 computer. Truncated Icosahedron Soccerbail EMAP Model Illustration courtesy of J.

After presenting an overview of typical elements of GIS datasets, a set of reasons were described that contribute to poor documentation of spatial accuracy in geodata, and why this is inevitable given how such data are conceived of and structured. These problems were put into focus by considering the difficulties in generalizing digital map data, in which locational uncertainty may vary within features in ways that data structures are unable to document. This was further addressed in a brief review of current map generalization research directions, in which one common task is to add contextual information to map data, by enriching temporary or archival data structures; this focus on data enrichment is maintained throughout the thesis.

But a typical GIS does not make this easy to do, and certainly not automatic. But most GIS databases do not even record locations in latitude and longitude; planar projections are almost always employed. The reasons for this are various, but an important one is that primary collectors of geodata - - military organizations and other government agencies - - often prefer to survey and map in plane coordinate systems having a standard projection, such as the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and a standard vertical datum, such as WGS84.

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