The Alps - A relief map of the Alps mountain range, focusing on the region's topography.

Alps

A relief map of the alpine region focusing on the region's topography.

The topographical shading used on this map shown in greater detail.

The topographical shading used on this map shown in greater detail.

Another section of the map, the region around Innsbruck in Austria, shown at a larger size.

Another section of the map, the region around Innsbruck in Austria, shown at a larger size.

Alps

This is in an adapted version of a map produced for a book covering the topic of mountaineers. As such, the most important consideration when designing the map was to ensure that the regions mountainous landscape was clearly evident. A relatively simple colouring scheme has been chosen so as not to distract attention away from the topographical information.

The light source used by the software in the process of shading the topography on this map was set so as to be positioned looking directly down on to the landscape (i.e. at 90 degrees to the horizon line). As well as adding emphasis to the ridges and valleys within the region, this decision was made primarily so that there would be no distracting shadows cast across the map.

Data from the following sources were used in the compilation of this map: Shuttle Radar Topography Mission: NGA/NASA; VMAP0: NIMA.

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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities and media organisations. My work has been included in products published by Dorling Kindersley, Millennium House, National Geographic, Pearson Longman, Royal Horticultural Society, Taschen and Weldon Owen.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

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