EGU21-14122, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Planetary Cartography: Challenges for Mapping and Research Data Management

Andrea Nass1, Stephan van Gasselt2, Alessandro Frigeri3, Angelo Pio Rossi4, and Valentina Galluzzi3
Andrea Nass et al.
  • 1DLR / Institut of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, Berlin, Germany (
  • 2National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 3Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (INAF), Rome, Italy
  • 4Jacobs University Bremen, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, 28759 Bremen, Germany

The aim of this contribution is to summarize recent activities in the field of Planetary Cartography by highlighting current issues the community is facing, and by discussing future research and development opportunities.

For this contribution we focus on (1) identifying and prioritizing needs of the planetary cartography community and the possible projected timeline to address these needs, (2) updating on ongoing work and activities in the field of planetary cartography across the globe, and (3) identifying areas of evolving technologies and innovations that could become interesting for the community in the planetary mapping sciences. The topics and discussion presented here also summarize outcome from community discussions and activities over the last years (e.g. [1-10]), and continue the initial discussion we have had during the last successful EGU session on Planetary Cartography and GIS in 2020.

In particular we would like to extend our discussion and put additional emphasis on aspects of map data re-use and research data management as well as on geodetic aspects of irregular bodies that will be target of future mission programs. We would like to invite cartographers, researchers and map-enthusiasts to join this community and to start thinking about how we can jointly solve some of these challenges.

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[8] Radebaugh, J. et al (2020) Maximizing the Value of Solar System Data through Planetary Spatial Data Infrastructures, white paper submitted to the 2023–2032 Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey.
[9] Semenzato, A. et al (2020) An Integrated Geologic Map of the Rembrandt Basin, on Mercury, as a Starting Point for Stratigraphic Analysis. Remote Sensing, 12(19), p.3213.
[10] Skinner, J.A. Jr. et al (2019) Planetary geologic mapping—program status and future needs. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1012, 40 p., doi:10.3133/ofr20191012.

How to cite: Nass, A., van Gasselt, S., Frigeri, A., Rossi, A. P., and Galluzzi, V.: Planetary Cartography: Challenges for Mapping and Research Data Management, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-14122,, 2021.


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