O papel das novas tecnologias na cartografia geológica, ensino de Ciências da Terra e geoturismo

Translated title of the contribution: The role of the new technologies in geological mapping, geoscience education and geotourism

Paulo Legoinha, Antonio Miguel Martínez-Graña, José Ángel González-Delgado

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The latest generation of information technologies enables the creation of geological itineraries and virtual flights through georeferencing in free virtual globes (e.g., Google Earth), allowing tridimensional visualization (3D) by combining thematic-layers (geological, topographical map, digital terrain model). These technologies facilitate analyzing the spatial distribution of geological objects and landscapes. The 3D visualization can be enriched with Augmented Reality through upload of geodatabases (GeoApps) containing real-world images, specialized descriptions, interpretive schemes and videos of selected geosites, which can also be implemented in geoportals and viewers of public and private organizations. Geological cartography is improved by the correct georeferencing and correlation between different geological formations and structures. Also better visualization and interpretation through interactive observation of spatial distribution, a uniform juxtaposition of different sheets of 2D cartography, scale change by zoom, and creation of digital cartography in a continuum. Smartphones, tablets or laptops can be used to easily access this information, in real time and anywhere, via QR codes and free GeoApps which can be used in Geoscience education and geotourism. Geoheritage assessment and the use of geosites for didactic and geotourism purposes, through 3D virtual tours, are also referred.
Translated title of the contributionThe role of the new technologies in geological mapping, geoscience education and geotourism
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationMemorias de la Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural
EditorsÁlvaro García Quintana, Pedro Callapez Tonicher , Fernando Barroso-Barcenilla
Place of PublicationUniversidad Complutense de Madrid
Publisher Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-84-697-4765-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Geological and thematic Cartography
  • Teaching
  • Geotourism
  • Technologies of information
  • Georeferencing
  • Three-dimensional visualization
  • Virtual tours


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