Animated Maps of Tropical Storms

Masters Project in Geography, Michigan State University

Catherine Nanci Van Vliet Mey

Completed Summer 1995


Faculty Committee:

Dr. Richard Groop (

Dr. Randy Schaetzl (

Dr. Carrie Heeter (



Geographic objects moving through space and time pose a cartographic problem that is difficult to solve without the aid of animation. This thesis uses several relatively inexpensive software packages and cartographic techniques to animate the phenomena. Data on tropical storm movement in the North Atlantic Basin over a 50 year period are used for these illustrations. Results indicate that none of the software solutions tested here are ideally suited for these kinds of animations; however, showing movement over space through time is possible and the resulting maps and animations are intriguing.

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