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Mapping of Iran was established by the British in their
Survey of India programs with complete quarter-inch
reconnaissance coverage of the country, and partial half-inch
mapping. Not until after World War II were national bodies
established with mapping responsibilities. The civilian
official mapping agency is the National Cartographic
Centre (NCC) first set up with UN assistance in 1953. Its
responsibilities encompass the maintenance of geodetic and
levelling networks, topographic base mapping, and the
production of the national atlas and thematic mapping.
Meanwhile military mapping had been the responsibility of
the National Geographic Organization (NGO). For most
of its history NCC has concentrated upon the larger scales
and coordinated production, while NGO has produced
restricted military small and medium scale series. The two
organizations merged in 1968, but were separated again after
the Islamic revolution.
Military series covering Iran at 1:50,000, 1:250,000 and
1:1,000,000 scales have been compiled using photogrammetric
methods following triangulation, levelling and aerial
photographic coverage initiated in the late 1950s. These are
all on the UTM projection, Hayford ellipsoid. The 1:50,000
specification includes complete coverage in 2,670 six-color
sheets, with each covering a 15' × 15' area. The 1:250,000
series covers the whole country in 136 seven or eight-color
sheets; 12 maps are published for each International map of
the World sheet. Other series include a 1:500,000 map in 42
sheets. These maps are all complete, and limited work has
been carried out to revise data. 1:250,000 scale coverage has
been digitized. 1:50,000 scale
coverage is becoming available in digital form. Only the
1:1,000,000 scale map has been revised, and is fully available
in a digital form.
NCC initiated new projects after 1979 with a view to modernizing
the civilian mapping infrastructure, but little
progress was made during the years of the Islamic revolution
and the Iran-Iraq war. A 1:25,000 series was planned and
work started on analogue production in 1990. Over 500 four-color
sheets were produced with UN support and published
by the end of 1992. Meanwhile officially sanctioned plans for
a national topographic database were launched and it was
decided to produce digital 1:25,000 base maps for the whole
country. The first phases of this project involved photogrammetric
data capture, and a new national digital standard was
developed. Over 10,000 sheets are needed for national coverage;
these are derived from 1:40,000 scale black and white
aerial coverage, and are based on the UTM projection and
WGS84 spheroid. The database is organized into nine superclasses,
hard copy map design is separated from the design
of map displays for on-screen manipulation. It is intended to
complete this project by 2007. All of these official NCC maps and atlases are published in
the Persian language.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Iran is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (15 sheets, complete coverage, published 1974-1990);
1:500,000 (43 sheets, complete coverage, published 1973-1992); 1:200,000 (288 sheets, complete coverage, published 1972-1992); 1:100,000 (1,056 sheets, complete coverage,
published 1974-1991) and city (1:10,000 to 1:25,000) topographic mapping of 27 major cities from Abadan to Zanjan published between 1970 and 1992. These products are
available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.