One of the most famous cartographers of our epoch, Prof. Emeritus Waldo Tobler passed away on 20 February 2018. He used computers in geographic research for over fifty years, with emphasis on mathematical modelling and graphic interpretations. Well known for his publications, he formulated the "first law of geography" in 1970 while producing a computer movie, and was the inventor of novel and unusual map projections, among which was the first derivation of the partial differential equations for area cartograms. He also invented a method for smooth two-dimensional mass-preserving area data redistribution. According to Tony Campbel, Waldo was a major figure in the analysis of the mathematics underlying cartography.

He was the most distinguished member of the ICA Commission on Map Projections. Please, visit his web-site to learn more about his extremely rich work and life http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~tobler/index.html.

Let his work inspire all of us.

Map projections are mathematical procedures that enable the mapping of the earth's or other celestial bodies' curved surface to a plane. The curved surface is usually a sphere or a rotational ellipsoid. The theory of map projections is often referred to as the mathematic cartography. The goal of studying map projections is the creation of mathematical basis for making maps and solving theoretic and practical problems in cartography, geodesy, geography, astronomy, navigation and other related sciences.

This website will inform you about the activities of the ICA Commission on Map Projections, especially on meetings and publications. To stay up-to-date, please contact the Chair Prof. Dr. Miljenko Lapaine (mlapaine@geof.hr).

NEW! Take a look at the animated visualisation of scales in cylindrical map projections

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