Cartography and Geovisualization

choropleth maps of public health data Cartography is a synthesis of science, techniques, and art for study map-making and map use. Geovisualization is the study of methods and tools for effective geospatial data visualization and data analytics. For example, scientists can visualize the spatial distribution of cancer mortality rates in different neighborhoods and explore the relationship between median household incomes and colorectal cancer mortality rates at the census block level.

Projects

GrAPHeRs Research Group Leave geography site

The Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Population Health Research working Group (GrAPHeRs) is a collaborative research consortium between the HDMA center (SDSU), UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Two of the leaders in the GrAPHeRs group are Dr. Tsou (SDSU) and Dr. Nara (SDSU).

Mappingideas from Cyberspace to Realspace Leave geography site

This NSF Funded project seeks to map both the geography and the chronology of ideas over cyberspace, as the ripples of information usage radiate outward from a given event epicenter. By mapping and analyzing such ripples, new insights will be provided into the role of new media in biasing, accelerating, impeding, or otherwise influencing personal, social and political uses of such information.

Faculty

Courses

  • Use of the map as an analytical tool in geography. History of developments in cartography.

  • Art and science of creating digital maps as media for describing and analyzing geographic phenomena. Computer laboratory instruction and practice in cartographic techniques with emphasis on thematic maps and geographic information systems.

  • Computer-assisted map production techniques with emphasis on map design and color use.