Modern mapping of Papua New Guinea was established by
Australian agencies in the years leading up to independence
in 1975 and Australian bilateral agreements continue to fund
development of basic mapping of the country after independence.
The National Mapping Bureau (NMB) is the
official mapping agency, but following completion in 1981
of basic scale 1:100,000 scale mapping there has been little
further topographic mapping progress. The 1:100,000 series
is published on very similar specifications to Australian
national mapping: it is a five-color map using the Transverse
Mercator projection, and depicts relief with 40 m
contours. Mainland areas are based upon Australian Geodetic
Datum, offshore islands use the World Geodetic System
1972, the series was compiled from 1:80,000 to 1:100,000
scale aerial coverage and is complete in 280 sheets. A
1:250,000 scale map is also published by NMB and conforms
to JOG specifications with UTM grid and 200 m contours
(50 m in lowland areas). This covers Papua New Guinea in
73 sheets. Larger scale topographic coverage is also available
for some areas of the country, 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale
mapping is maintained for the capital area and for parts of
Bougainville and New Ireland.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Papua New Guinea is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (10 sheets, complete coverage, published 1952-1976)
and 1:500,000 (8 sheets, partial country coverage, published 1963-1964). These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats
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