Waldo Tobler: A Tribute in Ten Papers

Authors: Keith Clarke*, University Of California, Santa Barbara
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cartography, Geographic Theory
Keywords: waldo tobler, analytical cartography, tribute
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
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In this Tobler lecture, I will deliver a tribute to the depth and breadth of Waldo Tobler’s research by considering just ten of his many published and unpublished papers. These publications reflect Tobler’s expanding view of geography while demonstrating his career-length focus on the study of map projections, transformational algorithms, human migration and its explanation and visualization, and his view that mathematical fields were superior representations of geographic space. The papers were selected based on their impact on my own career, but within them is encapsulated the first law of geography, the basis for cartograms, and the foundation of the new field of analytical cartography. Tobler’s career spanned from the distant early origins of computer mapping, to themes of big data, global datasets, and meaningful geographical analysis. His contributions stand as milestones in the development of modern geography.

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