Mapping of the mountainous central Asian Republic of Tajikistan still follows patterns established in the Soviet era prior to independence in 1991. Topographic series follow the 1942 specification with maps on the Gauss Conformal transverse cylindrical projection, Krassovsky ellipsoid.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Tajikistan is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (3 sheets, complete coverage, published 1987-1990); 1:500,000 (9 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1989); 1:200,000 (44 sheets, complete coverage, published 1976-1992); 1:100,000 (138 sheets, complete coverage, published 1957-1992); 1:50,000 (452 sheets, complete coverage, published 1963-1991) and city (1:10,000 to 1:25,000) topographic mapping of Dushanbe, Khavast, Kulyab (Kulob), Kurgan and Leninabad published between 1972 and 1986. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
Following independence the Chief Administration for Geodesy and Mapping (Tajikaerokosmogeodezija) in Dushanbe acts as the national mapping agency. A 1:450,000 scale two-sheet map using a relief base was published in 1992, and is available in Russian or Tajik editions. A Russian town map of Dushanbe was produced in the 1980s by Glavnoe Upravlenie Geodezii Kartografii (GUGK) (now Federal’naya Sluzhba Geodezii i Kartografii Rossii (Roskartografija)).
Earth science mapping of Tajikistan was produced by Russian agencies, notably Vserossiiskoi nauchno-issle-dovatel’skii geologicheskii Institut (VSEGEI) in St. Petersburg. A geological map of Tajikistan was compiled at 1:500,000 scale in 11 sheets and revised in the late 1980s.
The Soviet Academy of Sciences (now Rossiskaja Akademija Nauk (RAN)) sponsored various thematic maps of Tajikistan, including the four volume Atlas of natural resources of Tajikistan published in 1983, with Russian language 1:500,000 scale coverage for many themes, and the national atlas of the Republic published in 1968. Following independence the Tajik Academy of Sciences in Dushanbe assumed responsibility for scientific research, with plans to revise the national atlas.
Tourist mapping of some of the mountain ranges has been produced by West Col, with maps at 1:200,000 and 1:100,000 scales.