Tuvalu comprises the sparsely populated Ellice Islands in
Polynesia. The official mapping body is the Department
of Lands and Surveys (TDLS) in the Ministry of Home
Affairs and Rural Development. Mapping of this small
island state was carried out in the late 1970s, under British
overseas technical assistance programs, by the British
Directorate of Overseas Surveys (DOS) (now Ordnance Survey
International (OSI)). Orthophotomapping of the islands
was compiled using the Transverse Mercator projection and
International ellipsoid. Islands were published at different
scales in a series comprising six sheets.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Tuvalu is available at the following scale: 1:1,000,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1965). This product is available in
print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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