Instituto Cartográfico Militar was established in Santo
Domingo in 1955, and this was combined in 1960 with the
Comisión de Limites Geográficos Nationales and placed
under the authority of the University of Santo Domingo to
form the Instituto Cartográfico Universitario. This was
subsequently renamed the Instituto Geográfico Universitario
(IGU). The Inter-American Geodetic Survey was active in
the Dominican Republic from 1946, when it helped to
establish a survey control network for topographic mapping,
and subsequently a topographic series was prepared jointly
by the US Army Map Service (later, Defense Mapping
Agency (DMA) and now National Imagery and Mapping
Agency (NIMA)) and the IGU.
The principal topographic series is the 1:50,000 scale joint
DMA/IGU series, issued between 1962 and 1968 in 123
sheets. This is a five-color map with 20 m contours and
the projection is UTM, Clarke 1866 ellipsoid. There is also a 1:250,000 scale
series in five sheets based on the JOG 1501 specification,
entitled Mapa topográfico general, and prepared by the United
States Army Topographic Command in cooperation with
IGU in 1970. Contours are at
100 m intervals with supplementary contours at 20 m. There
is also a series of city maps at scales of 1:50,000 or 1:10,000.
Map production at the IGU had been moribund for many
years, and in 1986 a new agency, the Instituto Cartográfico
Militar (ICM) was established in association with the
Hydrographic Department to reactivate the mapping
programs. Its main task is to update the 1:50,000 topographic
series described above, and a number of new sheets
were published with the help of the DMA. Also in the
program is the revision of city plans, and a new 1:10,000
scale plan of Santo Domingo was due to be published in
1997, with plans of La Romana and Puerto Plata to follow.
Some new hydrographic charts of the coastal waters are also
in the program. In 1997, the Institut Cartogràfic de
Catalunya, Barcelona, and SPOT Image, Toulouse, began a
project to produce orthorectified SPOT images of the whole
country at 1:50,000 and 1:100,000 scales, radar imagery at
1:250,000 scale, and 12 sheets of orthorectified multispectral
imagery in color corresponding with standard topographic
1:50,000 scale sheet lines.
Soviet military topographic mapping of the Dominican Republic is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (3 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1966-1991);
1:500,000 (5 sheets, complete coverage, published 1979-1984); 1:200,000 (13 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1983) and a city (1:25,000) topographic map of Santo Domingo
published in 1982. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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