Arctic GIS Workshop Poster Abstract
Cartographic Visualization for the Internet. Case Study: Iqaluit, Nunavut (Northern Canada)
In this poster preliminary results of the ongoing Iqaluit Electronic Mapping Project are presented. The poster is based on screen captures of the Internet-Based Cartographic Visualization Project conducted by the Mapping Services Branch of Geomatics Canada, Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa. The convergence of digital mapping and the Internet is paving the way for new mapping and interactive GIS applications. The Iqaluit Mapping Project is aiming to investigate and test various methods and tools for a more effective use of the Internet for cartographic visualization. The resulting cartographic products may be used to improve cartographic communication and also for decision-support applications in selected areas such as mapping, city planning, environmental studies and sustainable development.
Iqaluit is the booming capital city of the Canadian newly created territory of Nunavut on the Baffin Island, northern Canada. Large amounts of geo-spatial information are needed to support the management of natural resources, the protection of wildlife and environment and to promote new economic activities such as eco-tourism. The project investigates new tools and methods for a better representation of geospatial information within the context of new mapping applications such as Distributed Geographic Information (DGI), virtual worlds and fly-throughs.
New generation of cartographic information are being produced out of conventional cartographic products such as integrated vector maps, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and 2D raster images including aerial photographs, remote sensing or imaging radar data. Among those are ortho-mosaics, colour oblique stereo-models, composite Terrain images, 3D animation and fly-bys. Further, the project is also investigating multimedia components including voice maps, and places name maps. Preliminary results of the Project are available at the following Web (URL) address : http://maps.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php.
Key-words : GIS, Cartographic visualization, Internet Mapping, Tools, Online Applications, Decision-support, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.
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