This comprehensive and well-established cartography textbook covers the theory and the practical applications of map design and the appropriate use of map elements. It explains the basic methods for visualizing and analyzing spatial data and introduces the latest cutting-edge data visualization techniques. The fourth edition responds to the extensive developments in cartography and GIS in the last decade, including the continued evolution of the Internet and Web 2.0; the need to analyze and visualize large data sets (commonly referred to as Big Data); the changes in computer hardware (e.g., the evolution of hardware for virtual environments and augmented reality); and novel applications of technology.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition:

  • Includes more than 400 color illustrations and it is available in both print and eBook formats.
  • A new chapter on Geovisual Analytics and individual chapters have now been dedicated to Map Elements, Typography, Proportional Symbol Mapping, Dot Mapping, Cartograms, and Flow Mapping.
  • Extensive revisions have been made to the chapters on Principles of Color, Dasymetric Mapping, Visualizing Terrain, Map Animation, Visualizing Uncertainty, and Virtual Environments/Augmented Reality.
  • All chapters include Learning Objectives and Study Questions.
  • Provides more than 250 web links to online content, over 730 references to scholarly materials, and additional 540 references available for Further Reading.

There is ample material for either a one or two-semester course in thematic cartography and geovisualization. This textbook provides undergraduate and graduate students in geoscience, geography, and environmental sciences with the most valuable up-to-date learning resource available in the cartographic field. It is a great resource for professionals and experts using GIS and Cartography and for organizations and policy makers involved in mapping projects.

chapter 1|22 pages


part I|242 pages

Principles of Cartography

chapter 4|20 pages

Principles of Symbolization

chapter 5|16 pages

Data Classification

chapter 6|18 pages

Scale and Generalization

chapter 8|24 pages

Elements of Map Projections

chapter 10|20 pages

Principles of Color

chapter 11|16 pages

Map Elements

chapter 12|12 pages


chapter 13|22 pages

Cartographic Design

chapter 14|12 pages

Map Reproduction

part II|156 pages

Mapping Techniques

chapter 26615|20 pages

Choropleth Mapping

chapter 16|22 pages

Dasymetric Mapping

chapter 17|20 pages

Isarithmic Mapping

chapter 18|18 pages

Proportional Symbol Mapping

chapter 19|12 pages

Dot Mapping

chapter 20|18 pages


chapter 21|16 pages

Flow Mapping

chapter 22|28 pages

Multivariate Mapping

part III|130 pages


chapter 42223|24 pages

Visualizing Terrain

chapter 24|20 pages

Map Animation

chapter 25|22 pages

Data Exploration

chapter 26|20 pages

Geovisual Analytics

chapter 27|20 pages

Visualizing Uncertainty