(until 1989 - the Department of Cartography and Geodesy) was founded in 1932 at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of Moscow University and was merged with the Faculty of Geography, created in 1933. The Department is a major research center being at the forefront in the world and native cartography.
The Department was headed by:
known topographer V.M. Nikiforov (1932-1934);
professor V.A. Kamenetsky (1934-1936);
associate professor P.V. Denzin (1936-1950);
professor K.A. Salischtev (1950 – 1988)–– eminent geographer-cartographer, Honored Worker of Science (1966) and the laureate of State Prize (1980), founder of scientific school of geographic cartography; He led the preparation of the world's first series of maps for high school; Vice-president of the Geographical Society of the USSR (1964), President and Vice-President of the International Cartographic Association (1964-68 and 1972); chairman of the committee of national atlases of the International Geographical Union (1956-1972);
Doctor of geography, professor S.N.Serbenuyk (1988 –1990) – leading the new trend of automation and GIS technologies in cartography;
Honored scientist of Russian Federation, professor A.M. Berlyant (1990 – 2009) – the author of the innovative theory of geoimages;
Honored professor of Moscow University, Doctor of geography Irina Konstantinovna Lourie is at the head of the Department since 2009.
Teaching and research staff
Lourie I.K. (cartography and geoinformatics, methods and technologies), Doctor of Geography;
Knizhnikov Y.F. (aerospace stereo modeling, remote sensing), Doctor of Geography;
Novakovskiy B.A. (digital photogrammetry and cartography), Doctor of Geography;
Serapinas B.B. (theory of map projections, satellite navigation system), Doctor of Geography.
Alekseenko N.A. (theory of cartography, cartographical support of the protected area), PhD;
Bozhilina E.A. (ecological and climatic mapping), PhD;
Kargashin P.E. (mapping the impact of oil and gas industry on the environment), PhD;
Prasolova A.I. (environmental mapping, remote sensing, topography ), PhD; Prokhorova E.A. (social and economic mapping, cartographic method of research), PhD;
Ushakova L.A. (computer graphics and design for thematic mapping), PhD;
Chistov S.V. (comprehensive evaluation of natural conditions and resources), PhD.
Kusilman M.V. (environmental mapping).
Baldina E.A. (geographic mapping, satellite images interpretation), PhD;
Koshel S.M. (geoinformation technologies and 3D-modelling), PhD;
Kravtsova V.I. (satellite images in geographical research and thematic mapping), Doctor of Geography;
Labutina I.A. (geographic mapping and remote sensing), PhD; Samsonov T.E. (automation in cartography, cartographic generalization, multiscale mapping), PhD ; Tutubalina O.V. (remote sensing and aerospace mapping), PhD;
Chalova E.R. (geographic mapping and remote sensing), PhD.
Senior scientific assistants
Alyautdinov А.R. (geoinformatics, web mapping);
Zimin М.V. (remote sensing and aerospace mapping), PhD;
Zolotarev Е.А. (mapping of avalanches), Doctor of Geography;
Iliyasov А.К. (geoinformatics, satellite-based positioning), PhD;
Kosikov А.G. (GIS and remote sensing), PhD;
Kharkovetsc Е.G. (geographic mapping and remote sensing);
Suchilin А.А. (thematic mapping).
Vakhnina О.V. (ground spectrometry, digital photography in geography);
Grischenko М.Y. (geographic mapping, satellite images interpretation), PhD;
Lazarev Е. N. (mapping of extraterrestrial objects), PhD;
Mikheeva А.I. (satellite images interpretation), PhD;
Mikheeva S.N. (mapping of the protected area);
Semin V.N. (geoinformatics, databases management systems).
Profile of graduates
– Cartography and Geoinformatics.
- Alumni of the Department are the experts in the general geographic and thematic mapping, environmental and digital mapping, GIS and GIS mapping, remote sensing and cartographic method of research. They have theoretical and practical knowledge, abilities and skills to solve professional problems associated with the collection, analysis, organization and targeting of spatial information to create databases and geographic information systems to create database, design and development of geographic information systems.
Our graduates work in major oil and gas companies – Rosneft, Gazprom; ROSCOSMOS, Yandex-map, project and research surveying companies, such as Institute of Geography (IGRAN), Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring, in the Ministry of Defence.
: Geoinformatics, geoinformational mapping, Map science, Mathematical cartography, Fundamentals of remote sensing, Fundamentals of theory of databases, General geographic mapping, Nature mapping, Social and economic mapping, Remote sensing images database, Remote sensing and image interpretation, Fundamentals of digital mapping, Computer design in cartography, Geodatabases, Mathematical modelling in cartography, The cartographic method of research, Mapping of extraterrestrial objects, Multimedia and Computer Design in cartography, Environmental mapping, Computer Processing of Satellite Images, Digital photogrammetry, Spatial statistics and analysis of geographic data
Laboratories: Aerospace methods and remote sensing headed by prof.Y.F. Knizhnikov; Digital cartography and photogrammetry headed by prof.B.A.Novakovskiy , automatization in cartography headed by leading scientist Samsonov T.E.
Fields of Research
Innovative development of modern scientific basic of cartography is connected with the Department, with the formation and activity of the geographical cartography scientific school. In recent decades, the main direction of scientific work has become the linking of traditions and innovations, the formation of the new concept of integration of cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing, so that research in the Department covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. The teachers and researchers of the Department for his work developingin three areas of research: theoretical problems of cartography; methods and technologies of the geographical mapping; the development of cartographic education.
Main accomplished research - The priority research area - mapping geosystems based on the integration of geoinformatics, cartography and remote sensing.
Three areas of research: theoretical problems of cartography; methods and technologies of the geographical mapping; the development of cartographic education clearly show the preserving of the former traditions in thematic mapping, the use of its wide experience and new life of its achievements in the WEB- mapping.
Geoinformatics and GIS mapping, resource and educational GIS, multimedia cartography, development of new software products, the introduction of WEB- mapping and geoportals in the research and study .
Much attention is given to social and economic mapping, research and mapping of natural resources and environmental capacity of lands.
Future research activities
The department develops new methods and techniques of GIS mapping. Future research is concerned with environmental systems and socio- economic systems, their processes and interactions in the present and past, as well as in the uncertain future. The study should be based on new scientific data, new technologies, and theoretical solutions.
Advanced research is in the field of further development and integration of geographic cartography theory and methods, geoinformatics and remote sensing; the use of satellite and aircraft monitoring in geography and cartography; creating regional and local GIS; WEB- mapping; satellite positioning systems; the development of geographic information and online technologies, thematical geoportals.
Training program of students is an integral part of the study and the most important form of training highly qualified specialists. Every year since 2005 the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics in conjunction with the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies in Austria organize the Training Course in the Institute of Digital Image Processing, Remote Sensing Group, the 3rd form students to acquire the habits in polar remote sensing, glacier monitoring, glacier cartography and GIS.
Our students have also their trainees in the University of Maryland. The department has cooperation with Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
The most important publications
Atlases "Interpretation of multiband air and space images", vol.1 –1982, vol.2 –1986, Academy Ferlag – Nauka, vol. 3 –1988, Geographical Faculty, MSU (group of authors)
Geography, Society and Environment/Vol. VII Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote sensing. Ed. By prof.A.M. Berlyant, prof.Yu.F. Knizhnikov. Moscow, Gorodets Publishing House. 2004 624 p.
Modern geographical cartography //Edited by I.K. Lurie and V.I. Kravtsova. M.: Data +, 2012. – 292pp.
Development Knowledge Base of Caspian Region as a part of “CaspInfo” project of European Scientific Cooperation. Alioutdinov A.R., Kalinkin I.V., Cjemin V.N. (Разработка интерактивной базы знаний о каспийском регионе в рамках проекта европейского научного сотрудничества «Caspinfo» / И. Лурье, А. Аляутдинов, И. Калинкин, В. Семин // Вестник Московского университета. Серия 5: География. — 2011. — № 3. — С. 46–51.)
Model of a database for soil-geochemical studies. /genesis and geography of soils / N. Kosheleva, I. Lur’e, M. Gerasimova, D. Mikhailov // Moscow University Soil Science Bulletin. — 2007. — Vol. 62, no. 2. — P. 60–67.
Fifty years of tree line change in the Khibiny mountains, russia: advantages of combined remote sensing and dendroecological approaches / I. E. Mathisen, A. Mikheeva, O. V. Tutubalina et al. // Applied Vegetation Science. — 2014. — Vol. 17, no. 1. — P. 6–16.
Soil nutrient’s spatial variability in forest–tundra ecotones on the kola peninsula, russia / M. Orlova, N. Lukina, O. Tutubalina et al. // Biogeochemistry. — 2012. — no. DOI 10.1007/s10533-012-9756-6. — P. Published 6 July 2012–DOI 10.1007/s10533–012–9756–6.
Samsonov T. Morphometric mapping of topography by flowline hachures // Cartographic Journal. — 2014. — Vol. 51, no. 1. — P. 63–74.
Calculation of geometric characteristics of land cover and urban canyon for multi-scale parameterization of megalopolis meteorological models / T. Samsonov, V. Semin, P. Konstantinov, M. Varentsov // ArXiv e-prints. — 2013. — no. 1305.6067. — P. 1–17.