Department of Geography / Geology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0199
Michael P. Peterson is a Professor in the Department of Geography / Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1976), his M.A. from Boston University (1978) and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Buffalo (1982). He was a Post-Doctoral Assistant at the University of Zürich, Switzerland in 1981-82 and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 1982 where he has taught courses in world regional geography, cartography, computer mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems. He is currently chair of the Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association.
His publications include: An Evaluation of Unclassed Choropleth Mapping, Evaluating a Map's Image, Mentale Bilder in der Kartographischen Kommunikation (in German), The Mental Image in Cartographic Communication, Interactive Cartographic Animation, Cognitive Issues in Cartographic Visualization, and Active Legends for Interactive Cartographic Animation. Books include Interactive and Animated Cartography, published by Prentice-Hall, Multimedia Cartography published by Springer Verlag, Maps and the Internet, published by Elsevier Press, The Online Method to World Regional Geography published by Kendall-Hunt, the Animated Atlas of Air Traffic, and International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet published by Springer Verlag.
As a CAGIS Board Member, Dr. Peterson will attempt to strengthen the international dimension of the organization. The recent AutoCarto meeting in Orlando showed that the organization can attract visitors from other countries. It is this aspect of CAGIS that needs to be fostered and expanded as it represents both a source of potential membership and a way to increase our linkages with other parts.