An Adaptive 2D Planar Projection and Its Application in Geoscience Studies

Yong Zheng, Bikai Jin, Xiong Xiong, Sidao Ni*

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A linear projection approach is developed to present geoscience research result in planar coordinate system projected from spherical coordinate system. Here, the sphere is intersected by a plane and its surface is projected onto the plane. In order to keep the projected coordinate system orthogonal, and minimize the distortion, one axis of the planar coordinate system is chosen in our projection based on the shape of the region to be projected, and the other axes can be chosen arbitrarily or based on the constraint of the orthogonality. In the new method the projection is self-contained. The forward projection can be fully projected backward without loss of precision. The central area of the sphere will be projected to the planar system without distortion, and the latitudinal length in the rotated spherical system keeps constant during the projecting process. Only the longitudinal length in the rotated spherical system changes with the rotated latitude. The distortion of the projection therefore, overall, is small and suitable for geoscience studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-728
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Earth Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • adaptive 2D projection
  • geoscience
  • linear
  • planar


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