The official mapping organization in the Republic of Cyprus
is the Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS) in Nicosia.
DLS was established in 1961 and is responsible for geodetic,
cadastral and topographic surveying and for the publication
and dissemination of the results of these surveys. Since 1969 DLS has been
able to produce its own maps using photogrammetric
methods. Smaller scale mapping covers the whole island, but
in practice DLS is unable to map northern areas under
Turkish control to the same accuracy as the rest of the island.
The basic series is the 1:5,000 scale National topographic map
(DLS 17), which requires 1,293 sheets to cover the whole
island. Only the 61 percent of the island under Greek
Cypriot control and to the south of the Green Line has been
published. This four-color map is compiled from aerial
photography dating from 1969-76, with field checking, and
shows relief with 2 m contours. It was established with the
assistance of the British Directorate of Overseas Surveys
(DOS) (now Ordnance Survey International (OSI)). DOS
also mapped the island at scales of 1:10.000 in the contoured
series (DOS 255)/(K818), and 1:25,000 in series (DOS 355)/(K8110). A 24-sheet military map at 1:50,000 scale
(Series 717) was compiled as a joint British and Cypriot project. This was based
upon aerial photography dating from the 1970s and has been
updated using 1986-88 satellite imagery. At 1:100,000 scale
a four-sheet map with 100 m contours was revised to 1991
and is available in English (DLS 18) or Greek (DLS 6)
versions. Two-color mapping on district sheet lines at this
scale depicts administrative boundaries down to village level
(DLS 29). Several different versions of 1:250,000 scale maps
are published to cover the whole island. A layer tinted relief
base is used in the nine-color administrative and road map,
it is also available as a tourist map, printed with town
maps and tourist information on the reverse side. English,
and Greek and uncolored flat editions of these maps are
available. Ethnic mapping at this scale is also published.
DLS also publishes a 1:500,000 scale general map of the
island, and distributes aeronautical charts conforming to
standard international specifications. It has taken on responsibility
for the maintenance of the 1:250,000 scale hydrographic
chart of the island, and maintains a range of town
maps in the Street Plan series, most of which are issued at
the scale of 1:7,500.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Cyprus is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1974);
1:500,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1981); 1:200,000 (8 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1990-1991); 1:100,000 (18 sheets, complete coverage,
published in 1988); 1:50,000 (43 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1987) and city (1:10,000 to 1:25,000) topographic mapping of Famagusta, Limassol and Nicosia published
between 1978 and 1985. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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