We are glad to announce the new and totally revised printed edition of the Swiss World Atlas for May 2017. Besides many new and updated maps, the atlas will also appear in a new and modern design. For more information, please have a look at the new product flyer.
The figure of the Earth can be represented, depending on the application, by an ellipsoid of revolution, a geoid or the surface of the Earth’s crust. All these forms show small deviations from the simple spherical form. However, these are too small to identify with the naked eye. The new interactive 3D model offered by the Swiss World Atlas (accessible via maps => test maps) allows to visualise these deviations from the sphere using state-of-the-art methods like superelevation, colour coding, and shading. The 3D and interactive representations enable the users to view them from any angle. The models are based on the Earth Gravitational Model 1984 (EGM84) and the CleanTOPO2 digital elevation model.
Map projections are typically chosen due to their mapping properties (such as equidistant, equal area, conformal or compromise projections) and the projection center is positioned such that distortions near the graphical center are minimized. A different and more explorative approach to map projections is presented by the projection tool (accessible via maps => test maps) at hand which offers around 80 different projection types and allows an interactive modification of projection parameters. Where do distortion grow beyond limits, how are meridians and parallels deformed, how can continents be placed side by side and how can a map take advantage of a given layout? Such and similar questions are immediately answered with the aid of this projection tool. Finally, the created map can be exported and further processed by vector graphics applications.
Participation of the Swiss World Atlas editorial office in the first Geomatics Day at ETH Zurich.
In the context of the annual International GIS Day, ETH Zurich in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) arranges the Geomatics Day on November 16, 2016. The aim of this event is to promote the field of geomatics to a broader public and to inform prospective students about the curricula at ETH Zurich and FHNW to future students. The Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation at ETH Zurich, where the Swiss World Atlas’ editorial office is based since 1927, is carrying jointly the bachelors and masters programmes in geomatics engineering. The Swiss World Atlas editorial office takes part at this event and provides insights into the map production for the school atlas. Welook forward to seeing a large number of visitors.
The Swiss World Atlas well be part of the exhibition of the Lehrmittelverlag Zürich (cantonal publisher of teaching aids of Zurich) at the Swiss Education Days from 8 to 10 November in Bern. We look forward to seeing you!
The Swiss World Atlas is now also on twitter (@swissworldatlas). This complements the traditional communication channels such as the website and the newsletter. Thereby we hope to reach even more people interested in our atlas. Twitter allows us to quickly and comfortably spread news about the atlas and atlas-related topics. Nevertheless, we continue to provide more detailed information via the newsletter.