Regional Recognition and Delimitation from Topographic Maps: User Strategies

Christopher Board


This is a report from a pilot study conducted with nine geographers to delimit regions on a map they were not familiar with. The participants varied greatly in age and experience. Making notes as the users talked through their thinking provided insight into how such complex maps are read. Experienced geographers with larger geographical vocabularies sought to distinguish salient patterns. No simple relationship could be established between experience and region-dividing strategies. Suggestions are made for expanding such studies.


topographic maps; user strategies; regional recognition

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