Mapping & Navigation

One of my lasting interests has been maps. Like many people I've spent hours poring over historic maps, Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photographs. I've always had an interest in navigation ... let's face it how would any of us get anywhere without it? Be it finding your way to a shop on the high street, planning your route across the [bewildering] rail networks of Britain, taking a detour to avoid holiday traffic or hiking across a mountain range.

An understanding of your geographical location is essential, whether that be the "you are here" marker on the map of the zoo, a junction number on a motorway or a set of GPS coordinates.

Once you've found yourself, you need to get some idea of where you are going and the places that you will need to pass through on your way.

Then you need to know which direction you need to travel. And once you are moving, how do you know that you are travelling in the right direction? It's a big subject!! Throughout history there have been many methods of creating maps to tell us where we are and where we need to go. There have been many methods of determining which direction we are travelling from determining the position of the sun in the sky to using the most sophisticated differential GPS.

This site covers many different aspects of mapping and navigation, both sophisticated and primative, and this section of the site aims to bring them all together. So check back regularly as new pages are added to the site regularly.

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Last updated: May 4th 2004
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