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Get to know the ICA Executive Committee
ICA awards scholarships for early career scientists to participate in official ICA events

eCARTO News August 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

Tutorials & Opportunities

Just Maybe

Science and Exploration

  • New water map of Mars will prove invaluable for future exploration – esa.int
  • NASA releases Jupiter images from James Webb telescope ahead of Artemis rocket launch to moon – abc.net.au
  • Naval Oceanography Visits France – navy.mil
  • Milky Way’s secrets revealed by massive space probe map – gulfnews.com
  • Robot boat maps Pacific underwater volcano – bbc.com
  • Upward propagation of gigantic jets revealed by 3D radio and optical mapping – science.org
  • New 3D cosmic map reveals 1 million previously hidden galaxies – space.com
  • Moon Features You Can See From Earth’s Southern Hemisphere (square) – planetary.org

News through the Lens of Maps

Indoor Mapping

  • Pivo Wins 2022 PropTech Real Estate Indoor Mapping Solution Award – einnews.com


Borders and Centres


  • Ground Plan, 2003; 2009 – mca.com.au
  • Satirical cartography: a century of American humor in twisted maps – bigthink.com
  • Cartography and Topographic Mapping – journals.lww.com
  • Crossword: Discover unique maps that chart the ocean floor and guide aliens to Earth – gulfnews.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.

Call for Papers for the International Virtual Conference Advances in Topographic Mapping

The International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Working Group on Digital Transformation of the National Mapping Agencies will jointly host the Virtual International Conference on the Advances in Topographic Mapping on 27-28 October 2022.

Conference Topics

  • Topographic mapping and Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE)
  • AI and machine-learning applications in topographic map production
  • Enhancing user experience of, and trust in, topographic maps
  • Developing Augmented/Virtual Reality environments using topographic data
  • Utilising open source data in topographic mapping
  • Developing effective national geoportals in an era of digitalization

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for papers. These need to reach the organisers by the 4 September 2022. You can submit your abstract here.


Registration is open here. Deadline for registration is 21 October 2022

For more information visit the conference website: https://topo.icaci.org/advances-in-topographic-mapping-2022/

Invitation to the 18th International Conference on Geoinformation and Cartography

The Croatian Cartographic Society and the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb are inviting you to the 18th International Conference on Geoinformation and Cartography on September 14-15, 2022, in Selce, Croatia. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the organizers made it possible to also participate in the conference online. The conference is endorsed by ICA.

The organizers wish to contribute to the development of geoinformatics, cartography, geodesy, geography and associated fields with special emphasis on new achievements. A wide range of themes will be offered, and renowned invited lecturers guarantee interesting lectures and a contemporary approach.

Please, consider the possibility to participate.

Detailled information and registration can be found on www.kartografija.hr

Category: Member News

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

In the 8th International Conference on Cartography and GIS, June 20-25th June 2022, in Nessebar, Bulgaria, commission members of the ICA Commission on Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management participated in four activities.

In the first keynote of the conference, Prof. Milan Konecny replaced president Timothy Trainor by his keynote speech titled: The United Nations Challenges for SDGs and Sendai Framework: The Role of Cartographers, where U.N. efforts, including Sendai Framework and GGIM and DBAR activities have been strongly highlighted (June 21).

Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction – Solutions and Innovations organized in cooperation with ICA Commission on Cartgraphy in Early Warning and Crisis Management and Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic was based on physical and video presentations (June 21). The seminar began with a keynote by commission vice-chai Milan Konecny (with co-authors Temenoujka Bandrova (Bulgaria), Petr Kubíček, Zdeněk Stachoň, Radim Štampach (Czech Republic). Jie Shen (China), Irina Rotanova (Russian Federation), Jan Brodský and Pavel Špulák (both Czech Republic), titled: Strategies of Disaster Risk Reduction on the Background of U.N. GGIM and Digital Belt And Road Efforts. Keynote was followed by other papers: Krzysztof Pokonieczny (Poland): Methodology of Developing The Dynamic Maps of Passability, Milaim Sylka (Kosovo (video presentation), Pavel Špulák, Bohuslav Ježek and Zdeněk Červenka (Czech Republic): GIS, Big Data and Mapping in Disaster Management Charts and Maps for Statistical Yearbooks of Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, Ekaterina Podolskaia, Anastasia Nekrasova, Tatiana Prokhorova, Aleksey Trubenkov and Olga Selyutskaya (Russian Federation): Web-Gis Projects at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences (video presentation).

Topics of the seminar were:

  • DRR U.N. Sendai Agenda: Challenges for Cartography and Geoinformatics
  • Cartographic Support for Emergency Evacuation
  • Virtual Reality and Disaster Preparedness
  • VGI Possibilities in DRR
  • Threats Caused by Agricultural Operations

Around 20-25 people particiated in the meeting of the Commission On Cartography on Early Warning and Crisis Management on June 22. They were explained the areas that the commission deals with, especially with regard to the initiatives of the Sendai Framework, but with an emphasis on the scientific and applied development of cartography. The meeting was also attended by ICA vice-president Prof. T. Bandrova, ISDE president Dr. A. Annoni, chairmen of other ICA commissions associate professors O. Čerba, or Jesus Reyes, ESRI representative Dr. N. Land and many others. The discussion results in a recommendation to create a publication on the role of cartography in DRR supplemented by representative outputs promoting cartography itself, unifying terminology or analyzing the potential of cartography in solving a selected disaster.


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