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Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
Get to know the ICA Executive Committee
ICA awards scholarships for early career scientists to participate in official ICA events

eCARTO News July 2022

eCARTO News captures the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.


Mapping the Environment

  • Reforming coral reefs using 3D printing – ScienceDaily
  • Suitability of the global forest cover change map to assess climatic megadisturbance impacts on remote tropical forests – nature.com
  • NOAA joins worldwide ocean floor mapping effort – msn.com



  • Introducción a los Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG) aplicados al catastro – nosolosig.com
  • Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization, Fourth Edition – routledge.com
  • Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516 – Chet Van Duzer

Cartography Related Publications

  • The Cartographers – Peng Shepherd
  • Crucial Maps in the Early Cartography and Place-Nomenclature of the Atlantic Coast of Canada – JSTOR
  • The Cartographic Capital – cambridge.org
  • A History of Cartography in India – outlookindia.com
  • Radical Cartographies – Participatory Mapmaking from Latin America – utexas.edu
  • Horizons – A Global History of Science – news9live.com
  • ‘Bos’ Schoolatlas der geheele aarde’ – uu.nl

This is Tomorrow Calling

  • The Internet Needs You-Are-Here Maps – WIRED
  • Map of BC’s “Petrofuture” shows sea-level rise in 1,000 years – dailyhive.com
  • Omagh’s history brought to life by digital walking trail – BBC News
  • 3D Map Platform for Bringing the Real World into the Metaverse – UASweekly
  • The New Precision – At Scale – forbes.com
  • ‘Underground maps’ segment cities using fashion, AI – Cornell Chronicle
  • The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia – MIT Technology Review
  • “Artificial Intelligence Is Definitely Not Just a Hype” – gim-international.com
  • How the Geospatial Industry is Embracing AI – gim-international.com
  • Building a Digital Twin for Germany – gim-international.com
  • Army’s Synthetic Training Environment harnesses evolving mapping technology – The U S Army
  • Sensor breakthrough paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface – ScienceDaily
  • The UK’s wee military recon drones will double as cartographers – popsci.com

Out of This World

Restoring the Past

  • 50-year-old map ‘Picture of the world’ restored – muscatdaily.com
  • De papieren atlassen zijn niet aan te slepen. Wat maakt ze zo onweerstaanbaar? – volkskrant.nl

The Art of Cartography

  • One man and his compass: Meet the cartographer-turned-artist bringing snow to life – Euronews
  • Cartographer Olaus Magnus’ Map of Sea Monsters – finebooksmagazine.com
  • Former Map Maker Walks for Hours in Snow To Create Giant Geometric Patterns in Snowfields – mymodernmet.com


  • UNAOC and UNOSAT Launch Interactive Map of Religious Sites in Sweden Mirage News – UNAOC

A Light-Hearted Look

  • Satirical cartography: a century of American humor in twisted maps – Big Think
  • Top 17 Best Scratch off Maps June 2022 – Bestgamingpro


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

News of the ICA Commission on Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management

The ICA Commission Cartography for Early Warning and Crises Management (CEW&CM) has successfully held a pre-conference workshop and two sessions at the ICC 2021 in Florence.

The workshop aimed at combining and addressing as comprehensively as possible the current Big Data issue, cloud computing, and latest trends and technologies in cartographic visualization in the field of early warning, crisis management and Disaster Risk Reduction.

The growth of Internet-based services and cloud services is leading and has led to a comprehensive view on data characterized by the terms Volume, Variety, Velocity and Veracity. The emergence of very large, unstructured, dynamic, time-varying data sets including associated measures of quality (so-called Big Data) offers considerable challenges for cartography which – if processed and visualized
correctly and appropriately for the target audience – can provide significant new insights for information, situation analysis, decision making and alternative actions. Experts from different, interdisciplinary directions discussed different concerns from the above mentioned topics.

The full report of the workshop can be accessed here: https://rimma.org/cartography-for-early-warning-and-crisis-management-report


Further meetings (virtual, hybrid, physical) are planned within the ICA and within the Commission Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management. Some of them are relevant for LAINAT regarding exchange of ideas, further development of warning platforms, cartography and platforms as communication tools, as well as regarding the composition of the ICA Commission Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management:

  • Eurocarto 2022, 19-21.9.2022 in Vienna Austria, organized by the Austrian Cartographic Commission (ÖKK), the German Cartographic Society (DGfK), the Swiss Cartographic Society (SGK) and the British Cartographic Society
  • 31st ICC 2023, 13-18 August 2023, Cape Town South Africa

eCARTO News June 2022

eCARTO News captures the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.


Mapping the Environment

  • Alcis releases public web map of Afghanistan earthquake – pajhwok.com
  • Antarctica: Southern Ocean floor mapped in greatest ever detail – bbc.com
  • Scientists and students onboard to map East coast tsunami risk – newcastle.edu.au
  • Scientists Map Yellowstone’s Underground ‘Plumbing’ – smithsonianmag.com
  • Google Maps now shows the air quality around you – gsmarena.com
  • ‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration – news.mongabay.com

Exposes & reviews

Cartography Books

The Comos

  • NASA Mars Orbiter Releasing One of Its Last Rainbow-Colored Maps – jpl.nasa.gov
  • Gravitational wave ‘radar’ could help map the invisible universe – sciencenews.org
  • Gaia continues quest for the ultimate sky map – bbc.com
  • Comet-mapping mission gets the go-ahead – imperial.ac.uk
  • New maps of asteroid Psyche reveal an ancient world of metal and rock – /news.mit.edu
  • Scientists map sulfur residue on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa – phys.org
  • Astronomers map violent star formation in nebula outside our galaxy – miragenews.com
  • China releases world’s ‘most detailed’ map of Moon – timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Mapping Applications

  • Satellite mapping helps farmers drill down on pasture
  • Map: See top 50 best French towns and cities to live in in 2022 – connexionfrance.com
  • Digital mapping reveals network of settlements thrived in pre-Columbian Amazon – theguardian.com
  • Dubai project to design digital maps for driverless vehicles – khaleejtimes.com




  • She hacked an old knitting machine to weave the universe into a work of art – theage.com.au
  • Canada and Denmark sign deal to divide uninhabited Arctic island – cbc.ca
  • Google Maps has become a game with Geoguesser — and Trevor Rainbolt has mastered it – npr.org
  • Google Maps has launched a cool and fascinating new ‘time travel’ feature – timeout.com
  • Getting lost with Google Maps – khaleejtimes.com


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023): Call for Papers

The 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023) will take place 13-18 August 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Call for abstracts and papers

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) invites you to share your research, practice and experiences in cartography and GIScience at the 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023), to be held from 13 to 18 August 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Submissions of abstracts (1-2 pages) and full papers (8 pages) in English are accepted, following the respective ICA templates at https://www.ica-conference-publications.net/ica_word_template.html. Abstracts and full papers will be peer reviewed by a minimum of two experts in the field against the following criteria: scientific originality, potential interest to the community, proper documentation of prior work, clarity of presentation, technical correctness and correct use of language. Authors of accepted abstracts and papers will be invited to present their work in English at the ICC 2023, either as oral presentation or as poster. The presenting author must register for the conference. Registered accompanying persons will receive one complementary entry to one technical session of their choice, such as to support a speaker when delivering their presentation.

Accepted abstracts and papers that have been revised to address reviewer comments, will be published in one of the following ICA publications:

Important dates

  • 5 December 2022 – Submission of full papers closes
  • 12 December 2022 – Submission of abstracts closes
  • February 2023 – Conference registration opens
  • 28 February 2023 – Notification of acceptance
  • 8 May 2023 – Submission of revised abstracts and papers
  • 15 May 2023 – Early Bird registration closes
  • 15 May 2023 – Registration deadline for presenters of abstracts, papers and posters

The link to the submission site and further details about the ICC 2023 will soon be available on the conference website at http://icc2023.org/.

For any queries or more information, please contact scientific-committee@icc2023.org.

Category: General News

Registration is open for GeoCart’2022


Kia ora!

The New Zealand Cartographic Society is proud to announce that registration is now open for GeoCart’2022, Aotearoa New Zealand’s 10th National Cartographic Conference. The event will convene in Wellington from 24-26 August at the fantastic facilities of the Tiakiwai Conference Centre in the National Library of New Zealand. The theme this year is Uncharted Frontiers: Cartographic Innovation and Discovery.

GeoCart’2022 aims to bring together a wide cross-section of professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts engaged in cartography, map curatorship and research, geovisualisation, and GIScience. Participants will hear about the latest developments and research, learn about current and upcoming projects and products, network with their counterparts in the greater community, and develop a deeper understanding of cartography and mapping.

To celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary, GeoCart’2022 will feature commemorative presentations and a special book, collating the best papers as reviewed by an international scientific programme committee, to be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography series. Research and professional presentation abstracts will be published in the GeoCart’2022 Proceedings as part of the CartoPRESS Occasional Publication series.

We warmly invite you to join us in Wellington for this exciting and inspiring event!

All information about abstract submissions and registration can be found on the conference website: cartography.org.nz/geocart2022

We also invite you to stay in Wellington and attend the New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference (NZGRC 2022), to be held at Massey University from 29-30 August.

Category: Member News

AutoCarto 2022: Submission Deadline Extended to June 15

AutoCarto 2022, the International Research Symposium, is poised to reveal transformative thinking in Cartography and GIScience, November 2-4 on the Esri campus in Redlands, California. The conference sets forth with an agenda focused on Ethics in Mapping: Integrity, Inclusion and Empathy.

CaGIS is pleased to announce that the deadline for the submission of abstracts for paper or poster presentations and workshop proposals has been extended to June 15. Submissions on topics related to the conference theme are especially encouraged, although submissions from all areas of cartographic and geographic information science are welcome.

The deadlines for Student Assistantships and ICA scholarships has not changed.

Important Dates

For meeting updates, follow CaGIS on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit the main AutoCarto webpage: cartogis.org/autocarto.

Category: Member News

eCARTO News May 2022

eCARTO News captures the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Mapping the Environment

  • Interactive maps show B.C. communities’ vulnerability to climate hazards like flooding, wildfire smoke – CTV News
  • Mapping the Ecology of Rainforests – sUAS News
  • Mapping Chicago’s air pollution hotspots – suntimes.com
  • Explosive Tonga volcano ‘surprisingly intact’ – bbc.com
  • 2021 Amazon deforestation map shows devastating impact of ranching, agriculture – news.mongabay.com
  • This Map Shows Where Biodiversity Is Most at Risk in America – nytimes.com
  • Stanford researchers use hot springs to map where continental plates collide beneath Tibet – news.stanford.edu



  • Descarga de datos de OpenStreetMap (OSM) con simbología en QGIS – cursosgis.com
  • Immersive view coming soon to Maps – blog.google
  • MapLab: The Historical Significance of Homemade Maps – Bloomberg
  • Texas mom creates crowdsourcing map to help parents find baby formula during shortage – ksat.com



  • Carl Sagan explains how Eratostenes knows the earth is curved – Bing video

Visual I.D.

  • SS Lake Illawarra mapped in 3D as government prepares to upgrade Tasman Bridge – ABC News


Atlases & Maps



  • GlobalMLBuildingFootprints – github.com
  • BAS mapping data included in global collection – miragenews.com
  • Geography nerds, rejoice! Google Maps is launching a spectacular new ‘immersive view’ – timeoutabudhabi.com
  • Missing piece to faster, cheaper and more accurate 3D mapping – miragenews.com



Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

eCARTO News April 2022

eCARTO News captures the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Mapping the Environment

  • Tongan volcano – ABC News
  • NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties – NOAA
  • ‘Momentous’ mapping project completed, helping to save world’s reefs – UQ News
  • How cartography helped the Grand Canyon become grand – ASU News
  • Map Shows Growing Number of Wildfires Sweeping Across US – nbcmiami.com
  • World’s largest map of kelp forest canopies now available – phys.org
  • ‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration – mongabay.com


  • These maps from satellite data show how much Earth has changed in only five years – fastcompany.com




  • ‘Mapping Asia: Cartography and the Construction of Territoriality’. – hypotheses.org
  • 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography icaci.org
  • Mapping Difference and Distance: Indigenous presence on European maps of southern Patagonia in the early modern period UWM Libraries
  • EuroCarto 2022 – eurocarto2022.org
  • GeoCart’2022 – cartography.org.nz


Pushing the Boundaries

  • 3D map of the surface of the moon – Daily Mail Online
  • Citizen scientists help map ridge networks on Mars – phys.org
  • NOAA showcases new mapping tool for marine species – phys.org
  • Mapping out meteorites in Antarctica: Uncovering our solar system’s deep past – phys.org
  • Just a few pixels would let astronomers map surface features like oceans and deserts on an exoplanet – phys.org


Contemporary Maps



Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

Invitation to European Cartographic Conference (EuroCarto) 2022

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to announce that the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022 will take place at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria on September 19–21, 2022.

Cartographers and those working in related disciplines are offered a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. Current research or work related to cartography covering all aspects of modern cartography will be addressed. All submitted abstracts are reviewed and if accepted published in the “Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association“. Several Cartographic Journals, including the International Journal of Cartography, Cartographica, Cartographic Journal, CAGIS and Kartographische Nachrichten have expressed interest in selecting submissions and invite full paper submissions to their respective journal thereafter.

Additionally a number of pre-conference workshops (on generalisation, VR/AR, Social Media Data visualisation, Ethics and Cartography, Atlas Cartography, Toponomy etc.) and side-events (visit to the National Library, MapRun, etc.) are planned.

Call for papers is still open

Please note, that the submission of an abstract is still possible until May 7, 2022. Find the details here: https://eurocarto2022.org/call-for-papers/.

Registration & sponsoring

Registration information can be found here: https://eurocarto2022.org/registration/

If you want to sponsor the event and get a chance to present your company, check out https://eurocarto2022.org/sponsoring-packages/.


As we still love maps, we are looking forward to your contribution and to meet you in Vienna,

Georg Gartner

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Obituary: Eddy Lynn Usery

On March 22, 2022, the world lost a GIS giant and cartography compadre when Dr. E. Lynn Usery, current Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Projections and former ICA Vice-President, passed from this earthly plane. Not even a week earlier, Lynn was busily planning workshops for AutoCarto 2022. He will be sorely missed by ICA and our community, not only for his many research contributions, leadership and vision, and tireless service, but also for his friendship and camaraderie.

Michael Tischler of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wrote, “On paper, we knew him as the Director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Information Science [CEGIS]. But he was far more than that title would lead one to believe. Lynn leaves a remarkable legacy given his extraordinary scientific accomplishments, presence as a leader in the geographic science community, and impact on individual geographic scientists inside USGS and around the world.”

It’s a challenge to specify the impact that Lynn has had on the field of GIScience because of the breadth and depth of his involvement and contributions. He was centrally involved in many areas of the discipline, including cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. His eclectic research interests included digital cartography, map projections, scale and resolution, image classification, temporal GIS, geospatial semantics and ontology, and high-performance computing for geospatial data. It would be difficult to name a subject in our field about which Lynn could not speak knowledgably and insightfully.

Lynn was unique in that his impact came through his careers in both government and academia. Lynn started working for the USGS in 1977. He was a cartographer and geographer for the USGS from 1978 to 1988 focusing on developing automated cartographic production systems. In 1988, he took on a geography faculty position at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison. In January of 1994, he moved to Georgia to serve on the geography faculty at the University of Georgia (UGA). In May of 1999, Lynn took on a Research Geographer position with the USGS in addition to his academic job at UGA. In 2005, he returned to USGS and ultimately conceived and became Director of CEGIS. In this role, he directed the science program and the visions and plans for topographic mapping research. While at USGS, Lynn also taught remote sensing at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

In all his positions, Lynn was a ground breaker. In his early days at USGS, he began the development of digital mapping systems for the automated production of printed topographic maps. At UW, he helped found a GIS program. At UGA, he helped establish certificate programs in GIScience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. When he returned to USGS, he started a cartography research program that led to CEGIS. For CaGIS, he chaired AutoCarto 2005 to close an eight-year gap and resurrect the symposium series. He also spearheaded the effort to bring the International Cartographic Conference back to the United States for only the second time, the first being in 1978.

Lynn was involved in multiple activities of the ICA:

  • 2004–2008 US National Committee to the ICA member
  • 2007–2011 ICA Map Projections Commission Secretary
  • 2007–2015 US National Committee to the ICA Chair
  • 2011–2012 ICA Technology Outreach Working Group Chair
  • 2011–2015 ICA Map Projections Commission Vice Chair
  • 2011 Bid for ICC 2017
  • 2012–2017 ICC 2017 Conference Organizer
  • 2015–2019 ICA Vice President
  • 2018–2019 ICA Body of Knowledge for Cartography Working Group Chair
  • 2019–2022 ICA Map Projections Commission Chair

That Lynn was so involved in the association is admirable. That he did the same with many other societies, at the same time, makes Lynn exceptional and unparalleled. There is truly no match for him in this regard, and really not even anyone in the running. No other person has been elected vice-president of the ICA, president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), as Lynn was in 2015, 2002, 2004, and 2015, respectively. Additionally, as with the ICA, in all these associations, he also served in other roles.

On a personal note, Lynn was born in December 1951. He had two children, a son Kelynn, born 1986, and a daughter, Lacy, born 1988. Lynn received his BS in geography from the University of Alabama and MA and Ph.D. degrees in geography from UGA. He died Tuesday, March 22, 2022, after a brief illness.


Tim Trainor, President of ICA &
Aileen Buckley, U.S. national representative to ICA