catographer demand, fuel scarcity
Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:46 PM
5 years from now?
Posted 20 October 2007 - 01:03 AM
What do you think the prospects are for cartography work in regards to a global economy that is affected by fuel scarcity?
5 years from now?
Well, it sure makes fieldwork more of a challenge .
Seriously, I think there are too many variables to make any firm predictions:
If an economically viable single-driver alternative to the internal combustion engine comes out of it, then that form will drive navigational mapping. If not, we'll probably need better transit/pedestrian planning tools, including maps.
If global warming continues to wreak havoc internationally, then emergency relief work and the massive public works associated with massive population relocation will need cartography to help them along.
If there is resulting global conflict, then I suppose the military will be looking for a few good cartographers, if there's anything left to map...
And if society breaks down, and I'm left scrounging for food in the ruins of Minneapolis, well... didn't Mad Max need a navigator?
Posted 22 October 2007 - 01:06 AM
The short answer to your question though is this: Rising sea levels....rapid climate changes....new political boundaries via impending conflict, etc., etc. will all but guarantee the need for the world's bevy of maps and satellite imagery to be continually modified.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:26 AM
On a more gloomy note, I also would not be surprised to see an increase in the request for cartographers over the next 20-200 years. If you look historically at environmental changes affecting populations, they tend to destabilize governments. If you combine the potential affects of global warming and decreases in natural resources, I would not be surprised to see the world enter a turbulent conflict phase in the very near future. Armies always need to know where they are going.
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