Learning About Projections Using ArcGIS

Table of Contents

  1. Learning About Projections Using ArcGIS
  2. Setting Up Your Workspace
  3. Downloading Data from Natural Earth
  4. Adding Data to ArcMap
  5. Symbolizing the Map by Subregions
  6. Exploring Map Projections
  7. Choose Your Projection

Choose Your Projection

Take some time to explore additional projections not covered in this tutorial. Choose one that you find interesting. After choosing a projection, search the internet for more information about the projection to determine what type of projection it is and what properties (if any) that it preserves. If possible, customize the projection so that it is centered on a country or region you would like to visit someday.

Using what you learned in the previous chapter, create a map poster with a size of 16 by 9 inches. Include a map title using the name of the map projection. Add some descriptive text explaining what you know about the projection and any changes you made. Add a map legend. The legend should only display the subregions. Also, add your name and the year. Include an acknowledgment for Natural Earth that says, “Data for this map was obtained from Natural Earth.” Neither a scale bar nor a north arrow will be needed for this map, so leave them out. When you are done creating your map poster, export the map as a PDF file with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Save it to your final folder.

An image of the Robinson Projection Map
In this example, I chose the Robinson projection by Arthur H. Robinson. You should choose a different projection. Click to view the image in a larger size.