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Thursday, October 17 • 10:40am - 12:00pm
Mapping Mountains

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A Measure of Mount Everest in Ten Maps
Presenter: Alex Tait, National Geographic Society
Through the lens of ten of the most important maps in the history of cartography of Mount Everest (known also as Chomolongma in Tibet and Sagarmatha in Nepal), I will examine both the story of the technical aspects of mapping the highest mountain in the world and also how it emerged as the literal apex of the world, the most important peak on earth. Everest now garners more attention every year than any other mountain but its emergence on maps was slow compared to other high peaks of Asia and the world.

Creating a Subway Map for Mount Everest
Presenter: Sam Guilford, National Geographic Society
As part of National Geographic Society's scientific expedition to Mount Everest in the spring of 2019, we created a series of map graphics to track the movement of various expedition teams as they traveled around the Khumbu region in Nepal. This presentation will show the background, design process, and logistics that went into creating the graphics.

Standard elevation models for evaluating terrain representation
Presenter: Patrick Kennelley
Co-presenters: Tom Patterson, US National Parks Service (Ret.); Bernhard Jenny, Monash University; Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps; Sarah Bell, Esri; Alexander Tait, National Geographic Society;
Brooke Marston
We have compiled and propose the use of standard elevation models to evaluate and compare the quality of various relief shading and other terrain rendering techniques. These datasets cover various landforms, will be open data, and are free of common data imperfections such as missing data values, resampling artifacts, and seams. Some datasets are available at multiple map scales over the same geographic area for multi-scale analysis. We hope that developers of new algorithms will use the standard elevation models to compare their results to previously existing methods and maps.

An Absurdly Tall Hiking Map of the Appalachian Trail
Presenter: John Nelson, Esri
Strip map travel guides have a long (wink) history with pilgrims of all sorts. This strip map walks the length of the Appalachian Trail in the spartan utilitarian mid-century vibes of a field notes pocket journal. Learn how and why this map (and others like it) was made, including the practical (wink) cartographic compromises, tricks, and general just-enough-ification that went into its concoction.

Rebuilding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's Kilauea Caldera map after the Volcanic Eruptions of 2018
Presenter: Jim Eynard, US National Park Service
In May 2018, the lava lake in the Halema'uma'u Crater within the Kilauea Caldera abruptly drained. Shortly after, a volcanic eruption shot ash 30,000 feet into the air and volcanic activity continued for several months damaging buildings and roads in the vicinity and changing the overall landscape of the caldera drastically. After the volcanic activity ended, new lidar and aerial imagery was collected. This data was used to create an updated 3D map of the Kilauea Caldera area for the National Park Service brochure showing this new landscape.

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Patrick Kennelley

Professor, Long Island University
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Alex Tait

The Geographer, National Geographic Society

Jim Eynard

National Park Service
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John Nelson

Manager, Esri
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Sam Guilford

National Geographic Society

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion Room A