The Faroe Islands were mapped by Danish surveyors, who
began work in 1895 with a 1:20,000 scale series which
was completed in 1901. A derived map at 1:100,000 was
published in 1916. The 1:20,000 sheets were compiled using
plane table techniques, and although undergoing major revision
in the 1940s and 1970s, continued to serve as the basic
topographic map until the 1980s, when they began to be
superseded by an entirely new survey. The new mapping has
been compiled, using analytical photogrammetric methods,
from 1:15,000 and 1:30,000 scale aerial photographs flown
in 1982─84, with help from the Faroese Cadastral Office
and the University of the Faroe Islands. Special attention
has been given to the reinstatement of Faroese place names.
The projection is UTM, European Datum 1950, and the
maps are in six colors, with relief shown by contours at
10 m or sometimes 5 m intervals and with relief shading.
The series was completed in 1998.
Smaller scale maps are published at 1:100,000 and
1:200,000. The former appeared in a two-sheet edition in
1983, followed by a single-sheet edition with an extensive
place name register in 1986. It is now available in the
form of a small booklet, including the gazetteer.
Soviet military topographic mapping of the Faroe Islands exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1969);
1:500,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1968); 1:200,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1967) and 1:100,000 (5 sheets, complete coverage,
published in 1964). These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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