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Introduction to Cartography

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

Making a map isn’t difficult, but making a visually appealing map is much harder. A bad map is difficult to understand, and makes viewers more likely to ignore it entirely. A beautiful map will not only better communicate your ideas, but can transform an average poster, paper, or presentation into a great one.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Import data into QGIS (from ArcGIS)
  • Find and use custom basemaps
  • Understand the elements of good cartographic design
  • Use QGIS map layouts to make maps faster and more consistently
  • Export maps for publication

Software: QGIS (Windows version) - installed on Lab computers

Core Competencies: cartography, map layout, basemaps

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets


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