The Perception of Hypsometric Colours
Authors: Patton, Jeffrey C.; Crawford, Paul V.
Source: Cartographic Journal, The, Volume 14, Number 2, December 1977 , pp. 115-127(13)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This study has a twofold purpose; first to determine if the standard sequence of colours used on many hypsometric maps transmits accurate data relative to topographic elevation, and second, to determine if information intended by the colour scheme is transmuted into other forms, or if additional incorrect information is consociate with elevation data transmitted by hypsometric tints. These questions are examined through the perception of children and young adults, ranging from the sixth grade to the college freshman level.
The results indicate that hypsometric maps using spectrally ordered colours accurately transmit data concerning topographic elevation, but also transmit inaccurate unintended information concerning vegetation, rainfall, and temperature. Little variance in the results occurs between the different age levels.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1977-12-01