Globalisierung und Anthropozän in neuen Kartenwelten

Benjamin Hennig

Abstract


In a world increasingly influenced by human action and interaction, we still heavily rely on mapping techniques
that were invented to discover unknown places and explore our physical environment. Although
the traditional concept of a map is currently being revived in digital environments, the underlying mapping
approaches are not always capable of making the complexity of human-environment relationships
fully comprehensible. Starting from how people can be put on the map in new ways, this contribution
outlines the development of a novel technique that reprojects a map according to quantitative data, such
as population. The new maps are called gridded cartograms as the method is based on a grid onto which
a density-equalising cartogram technique is applied. The underlying grid ensures the preservation of an
accurate geographic reference to the real world. It allows the gridded cartograms to be used as basemaps
onto which other information can be mapped. This applies to any geographic information from the human
and physical environment. These new maps are not limited to providing new insights from the perspective
of people (such as better insights into electoral outcomes), but can show any quantitative geospatial data,
such as rainfall. As demonstrated in this paper, the gridded cartogram technique is a viable and versatile
alternative to other conventional map projections.

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Mitteilungen der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft (ISSN 0071-8173)
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