Thursday, February 12, 2015

Comparative Area Map

For this weeks lab I made a map of Florida, comparing the area of 4 counties across 3 different projections. There are square mile numbers for each colored county. It is interesting how with different projections, the exact same counties come up with mismatched numbers.

The main idea behind the lab was learning how to convert shape files from one projection to another.

The exercise and lecture is one I was looking forward to, as matching projections is something that I struggle with at work. On multiple occasions I have put my sample plots in North Dakota, when they should have been in Oregon. I have a basic understanding now, and hope to learn more with next weeks continuation.

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