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Proceedings of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 1
16 May 2018
 | 16 May 2018

Planetary Cartography – Activities and Current Challenges

Andrea Nass, Kaichang Di, Stephan Elgner, Stephan van Gasselt, Trent Hare, Henrik Hargitai, Irina Karachevtseva, Akos Kereszturi, Elke Kersten, Alexander Kokhanov, Nicolas Manaud, Thomas Roatsch, Angelo Pio Rossi, James Skinner, Jr., and Marita Wählisch

Keywords: cartography, planetary science, maps, GIS, standards, sustainability

Abstract. Maps are one of the most important tools for communicating geospatial information between producers and receivers. Geospatial data, tools, contributions in geospatial sciences, and the communication of information and transmission of knowledge are matter of ongoing cartographic research. This applies to all topics and objects located on Earth or on any other body in our Solar System. In planetary science, cartography and mapping have a history dating back to the roots of telescopic space exploration and are now facing new technological and organizational challenges with the rise of new missions, new global initiatives, organizations and opening research markets. The focus of this contribution is to introduce the community to the field of planetary cartography and its historic foundation, to highlight some of the organizations involved and to emphasize challenges that Planetary Cartography has to face today and in the near future.

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