Croatia seceded from former Yugoslavia in 1991, becoming
an independent Republic. As with other former Yugoslav
territories, the topographic mapping had until that time
been in the hands of the Military Geographical Institute in
Before the break-up of Yugoslavia, topographic and cadastral
plans had been in progress at scales of 1:500, 1:1,000,
1:2,000 and 1:2,500, and there was a Croatian state map at
the scale of 1:5,000. Yugoslavian military map series at scales
of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 also covered the country.
The production of all these maps is now in the civilian
domain and is the responsibility of the State Geodetic
Administration (Drzavna Geodetska Uprava), Zagreb. The
actual production of maps however is carried out by the
Photogrammetric Company of Zagreb (Zavod za Fotogrametriju)
and by geodetic companies in Rijeka, Split and
Osijek. Military mapping and geodetic control remains the
responsibility of the Ministry of Defence (Ministarstvo
Obrane Republike Hvratske (MORH). MORH also
produces aeronautical charts, and is preparing a variety of
smaller scale administrative and relief maps.
After Croatian independence, the reprographic material for
the topographic series at scales of 1:25,000 and smaller were
retained at Belgrade. Following a study commissioned from
the Photogrammetric Company of Zagreb and the Faculty of
Geodesy, University of Zagreb. A new official topographic
information system for Croatia is being developed, ARC/
INFO software has been acquired for this purpose and new
digital 1:100,000 and 1:25,000 scale series are in progress.
Initially, the military topographic maps were scanned and
separated for four color process printing. In addition the
sheets have been redesigned with new marginal information
and a new sheet layout, and the toponymy has been revised.
New, structured vector data are being prepared for areas of
primary economic interest. The digital topographic maps
derived from these data comprise the Croatian bask map at
1:5,000 scale (HOK) and the 1:25,000 scale digital topographic
Soviet military topographic mapping of Croatia exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (4 sheets, complete coverage, published 1981-1990);
1:500,000 (7 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1987); 1:200,000 (31 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1988); 1:100,000 (82 sheets, complete coverage,
published 1976-1987); 1:50,000 (258 sheets, complete coverage, published 1973-1991) and city (1:10,000) topographic mapping of Rijeka, Split and Zagreb published between 1975 and
1982. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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