Cartometry

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cartometry

 

the division of cartography in which methods of measurement of various geographic objects on maps to find their area, length, volume, and other quantitative characteristics are studied. Direct measurement of the length and area of actual objects using geodetic methods can only be done when the objects have very small dimensions. Cartometry is concerned with the computation of larger quantities, such as the areas of states and oceans, the lengths of coastlines and rivers, and the areas of river drainage basins. It also includes methods for the computation of various quantitative characteristics of terrain (average elevation, average angle of slope, volume, and density of the river network) by measurement on maps.

REFERENCE

Volkov, N. M. Printsipy i metody kartometrii. Moscow-Leningrad, 1950.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(2) The latitudes of the island groups have been determined by cartometry.
Measuring from maps: Principles and methods of cartometry. Oxford: Pergamon Press.