Aitoff Projection

Classification

Modified Azimuthal

Identifier

aitoff

Graticule

Meridians: Central meridian is a straight line half the length of the Equator. Other meridians are complex curves, equally spaced along the Equator, and concave toward the central meridian.

Parallels: Equator is straight. Other parallels are complex curves, equally spaced along the central meridian, and concave toward the nearest pole.

Poles: Points.

Symmetry: About the Equator and central meridian.

Features

This projection is neither conformal nor equal area. The only point free of distortion is the center point. Distortion of shape and area are moderate throughout. This projection has less angular distortion on the outer meridians near the poles than pseudoazimuthal projections

Parallels

There is no standard parallel for this projection.

Remarks

This projection was created by David Aitoff in 1889. It is a modification of the Equidistant Azimuthal projection. The Aitoff projection inspired the similar Hammer projection, which is equal area.

Example

landareas = shaperead('landareas.shp','UseGeoCoords',true);
axesm ('aitoff', 'Frame', 'on', 'Grid', 'on');
geoshow(landareas,'FaceColor',[1 1 .5],'EdgeColor',[.6 .6 .6]);
tissot;

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