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Analytical cartography is a theory-centric subdiscipline of cartography. It develops a scientific base of mathematical theory, concepts, and methods underlying cartographic research. Analytical cartography has added a new paradigm to cartography through the work of Waldo Tobler in the 1960s. While traditional cartography focuses on artistry and technology in map design and production, analytical cartography concentrates on theory. The principles of analytical cartography contribute to the core of geographic information science.

Origins and Developments

The roots of analytical cartography are found in World War II and the cold war. Before and during World War II, Germany had advanced significantly in geodetic control networks, analytical photogrammetry, and cartographic analysis. Analytical techniques such as map overlay were applied in military operations and systematic regional-scaled planning. In the United States, ...

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