Behrmann Cylindrical Projection

Classification

Cylindrical

Identifier

behrmann

Graticule

Meridians: Equally spaced straight parallel lines 0.42 as long as the Equator.

Parallels: Unequally spaced straight parallel lines, perpendicular to the meridians. Spacing is closest near the poles.

Poles: Straight lines equal in length to the Equator.

Symmetry: About any meridian or the Equator.

Features

This is an orthographic projection onto a cylinder secant at the 30º parallels. It is equal-area, but distortion of shape increases with distance from the standard parallels. Scale is true along the standard parallels and constant between two parallels equidistant from the Equator. This projection is not equidistant.

Parallels

For cylindrical projections, only one standard parallel is specified. The other standard parallel is the same latitude with the opposite sign. For this projection, the standard parallel is by definition fixed at 30º.

Remarks

This projection is named for Walter Behrmann, who presented it in 1910 and is a special form of the Equal-Area Cylindrical projection secant at 30ºN and S.

Example

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

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