Coffee Hour: Mapping Around the World: A Cartographic Study Abroad Experience

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
• Refreshments are offered in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. • The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

While global experiences for university students are common, there are few examples of cartography or GIS-focused study for undergraduates. We share our experiences with an around-the-world trip with twelve students focused on topographic and other base mapping at multiple scales. We combined key elements of real-world business travel with visits to regional and/or national mapping agencies in Germany, United Arab Emirates, and Japan, exposing students to a wide range of mapping practices and map use. They also spoke to staff from three distinct cultures. Each student completed individual projects in one country to delve into a specific subtopic, such as energy, water, habitat conservation, and transit. The students planned the trip spring semester and traveled for three weeks in June 2012. During the fall semester 2012, the students presented their projects at USGS headquarters, bringing national mapping ideas home to the United States to inform the next generation of The National Map.


Brewer. Cindy Cynthia Brewer is a professor of geography, director of the Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education and Outreach, and the undergraduate program officer for the Department of Geography.








Robinson.AnthonyAnthony Robinson is the lead faculty member for Penn State's Postbaccalaureate GIS Certificate and Master of Geographic Information Systems programs in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. He is also an assistant director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography.

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