The Surveys and Mapping Department (USMD) carries
out official mapping of the country. Uganda's mapping infrastructure
was established under British aid programs
between 1950 and the mid-1970s. A 1:50,000 scale series
was started in 1950, early editions were planimetric only.
Most sheets produced by the Directorate of Overseas Surveys
(DOS) (now Ordnance Survey International (OSI))
showed relief with 50 ft contours, and after 1968 with 20 m
intervals. This map was completed in 1969 in 316 sheets
and the current specification uses the Transverse Mercator
projection, modified Clarke 1880 ellipsoid, and conforms to
the usual East African pattern. In 1994, and in conjunction with Japanese technical
aid, a revision program started to generate new
versions from SPOT satellite images. A block of about 50
maps covering the area immediately north of Lake Victoria
was published by the end of 1997. Further revision of the
series is to be carried out the French financed CAMPUS
project, which started in 1996. This will revise other sheets
in the series using digital image processed data from SPOT
satellite images. It is also planned to establish a digital cadastral
database of the country and provide land management
administration with accurate and current large scale graphic
and textual data.
A 1:250,000 scale series derived from the 1:50,000 map
covered Uganda in 20 sheets. Other smaller scale maps include a recent 1:500,000 scale
wall map of the country and 1:1,000,000 scale IMW
coverage updated in 1997 with national park information.
Administrative mapping of Uganda is also compiled and
tourist mapping of national parks produced.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Uganda exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (5 sheets, complete coverage, published 1958-1984);
1:500,000 (9 sheets, complete coverage, published 1962-1980); 1:200,000 (7 sheets, northern coverage, published 1979-1982); 1:100,000 (2 sheets, northern coverage,
published in 1981) and a city (1:10,000) topographic map of Kampala published in 1981. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats
from East View Geospatial.
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