spatialmodeling - Cartographic modeling is (Tomlin,...

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Cartographic modeling is (Tomlin, 1992:361): “a geographical data-processing methodology that purports to address diverse applications in a clear and consistent manner…. by decomposing data sets, data processing capabilities and data processing control into elementary components that can be recombined with relative ease and great flexibility”
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A cartographic model captures a set of GIS procedures (each procedure could be a map algebraic expression, or it could be, for example, a projection or selection operation) designed to: solve a geographical problem, better understand geographical patterns, or better understand geographical processes.
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Data conventions Cartographic models are comprised of map layers elevation precipitation soils land cover Defined by (at least): orientation resolution zones* label value one or more locations And defined by the set of procedures/transformations used to create/manipulate these layers. *This suggest a raster representation- but vector also works
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That are operated on by a set of one or more map algebraic equations. The final product of a cartographic model describes (what is or could be) a geographical region or prescribes possible solutions to geographical problems (what should be). Cartographic models are often presented in the form of flow charts that lead the reviewer through a series of GIS operators to a final product.
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