Southeastern Section - 57th Annual Meeting (1011 April 2008)
Paper No. 11-4
Presentation Time: 4:40 PM-5:00 PM

STEPHEN G. CONRAD'S TOPOGRAPHC MAP LEGACY: BASIS FOR NORTH CAROLINA'S INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRIONMENTAL PROTECTION, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) AND THE DIGITAL AGE, AND GEOLOGIC MAPPING AND MINERAL RESOURCES

REID, Jeffrey C., North Carolina Division of Land Resources, 1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612, Jeff.Reid@ncmail.net

During Stephen G. Conrad's tenure as State Geologist (1964 1990) statewide topographic mapping of all 953 7.5-minute quadrangles (~48,000 square miles) was completed in 1988. This achievement required recognition of the need for topographic maps, vision and perseverance to take advantage of a window of statewide need, opportunity, and state-level leadership support resulting in greatly enhanced multiyear funding to meet statewide needs for modern topographic base maps. The program required careful coordination and collaboration to leverage state funds, subsequent matching U.S. Geological Survey funds plus production of intermediary orthophoto quadrangles as precursors to subsequently published topographic maps.

The topographic mapping program enabled statewide programs to blossom in development, environmental protection and wise use of natural resources. The topographic maps provided framework data for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) program and set the stage for geographic information systems (GIS) in North Carolina. Geologic mapping and mineral resources studies are but two examples that benefited from modern topographic base maps.

Following the recent termination of the state-federal cooperative topographic mapping program, North Carolina's topographic maps are aging at an accelerated rate one that will continue until such time as user demand leads to the program's rejuvenation. The need for up-to-date topographic maps is undiminished. Archived historic topographic maps can be downloaded at url http://lib.ncsu.edu/gis/historictopos.html.

Southeastern Section - 57th Annual Meeting (1011 April 2008)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 11
Symposium in Honor of Stephen G. Conrad, State Geologist of North Carolina 19641990
Hilton Charlotte University Place: University Lake Ballroom Suites D&E
3:30 PM-5:45 PM, Thursday, 10 April 2008

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 4, p. 16

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