[Proj] Re: best projection for europe

Strebe at aol.com Strebe at aol.com
Thu Dec 16 14:04:17 EST 2004


Several projections come to mind. Lambert conic conformal and Albers 
equal-area conic will work reasonably well across all of Europe. Since I don't know 
the north/south extents you want to display I can't recommend precise standard 
parallels. The lore says to choose parallels that are 1/6th of the distance 
north of the southernmost limit of your map and 1/6th of the distance south of 
the northernmost limit of your map. Choosing the best standard parallels 
requires rather more elaborate analysis, but the lore will certainly give you 
something much better than you seem to be using now.

Lambert azimuthal equal-area will also give reasonable results for Europe 
when centered in the middle of the region of interest. The stereographic could 
also be used in the same way, but be aware that areal inflation will be 
noticeable toward the outer areas of the map.


daan Strebe
Geocart author

In a message dated 12/16/2004 4:35:45 AM 太平洋標準時, schabios at logi-track.com 

> Hello,
> I'm in the need for a good projection for displaying maps of (parts of)
> europe. We currently have all our data in WGS84 long/lat format in our
> PostGIS database. Is there any projection that you can advise from your
> experience to use for the whole europe?
> Currently, we simply use long/lat as karthesian coordinates with some
> shortening on the y axis, which is acceptable for southern and middle
> europe, but gets weird in northern europe.
> Usually, one would use the well known UTM or Gauss-Kruger projections
> from the EPSG database for europe, but both divide the data into zones.
> This has two drawbacks. First, handling zones adds complexity to the
> code that I would prefer to avoid in the first releases. Second, when we
> "zoom out" to display the whole europe (from spain to slovakia, from
> italy to scandinavia), it is difficult to "glue" the zones together.
> If anyone has made some good experiences with a specific projection, I'd
> be happy to hear about it.
> Thanks a lot,
> Markus
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