Remote Sensing & GIS for Environmental Monitoring & Exploration


First and Last Name Academic degree E-mail Affiliation
Angelina Govadikova No angerina.san [at] Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv, Ukraine
Rostyslav Sossa Ph.D. sossaua [at] Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv, Ukraine

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First publshed on this website: 31.10.2020 - 17:30

The main institution for Austro-Hungarian empire’s geodetic surveys and mapping in 1840-1918 – the Military Geographical Institute foundation and activity history and its contribution to Galicia mapping is highlighted. The Institute provided geodetic data and relevant topographic information to region. After moving from Milan to Vienna the Institute performed a Second military (Franciscan) Austro-Hungarian empire’s survey (1806-1869), which data was used for Galicia and Bukovina detailed topographic map in scale of 1:28 800 on 458 sheets compiling. As a result of Third military survey (1869-1887) the Military Geographical Institute publishes a Special topographic map scaled 1:75 000 that completely covered the Galicia territory. A number of overview topographic maps were created based on these maps. An Institute legacy has multi-sheet Lviv topographic plans. The Institute contribution to Galicia thematic mapping development is considered, in particular “Galicia geological atlas” scaled 1:75 000 and numbers of road maps publishing. It’s noted that many MGI employees were involved into geodetic and cartographic work in Galicia. Among the numerous surveyors, topographers and cartographers, the leaders and organizers of such work especially highlighted.


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