Numeric cartography       ( 9 CFU )

Prof. Gianfranco Forlani      Tel. 0521.905934 - E-mail:

Conceptual foundations and basic operational skills with GIS software; acquisition, maintainance and interchange of data bases; examples of applications to environmental problems; discussion of technical prescriptions and quality control in tenders for map production

Cartography: conformal and equivalent maps; map contents and map generalization; tolerances; italian maps.
Digital cartography: Definitions and differences with traditional maps. Contents of digital maps. Information coding. Structures for data archiving: raster and vector.
Raster and vector data; topographic data bases. Raster data: Geometric resolution and discretization of information. Digital terrain models. Digital orthophotomaps. Vector data: structuring geometry and topology.
Raster data acquisition: Rasterization of maps, satellite images, orthophotos, DTMs; mosaicking; georeferencing raster data.
Vector data acquisition. By photogrammetry, by vectorization of existing maps. Cartographic editing. Numerical cartography for municipalities: contents, technical prescriptions and quality control.Raster data acquisition. Rasterization of maps, satellite images, orthophoto, DTM; mosaicking; georeferencing raster maps.
Geographic information systems. Basic components. Manipulation of raster and vector data: connection to external databases; queries; processing of raster data; visualization and representation of results. Examples of GIS software. Total 48 hours: 24 lectures, 24 exercices

Modalità d'esame
Oral examination and discussion of a project developed in the exercices

Surveying; Photogrammetry (recommended)

Testi consigliati
Jones, C.B. (1997):Geographical Information Systems and Computer Cartography. Addison-Wesley Longman.
Documentation provided by the teacher.