A mapping technique in which every plane in the area being mapped is projected on to a plane in the map and every line on to a line. Each point in the area under study is identified by three values, representing its location in relation to three mutually perpendicular axes (the Cartesian coordinates of the point). These coordinates are transformed mathematically into a homogeneous set of four coordinates which can then be plotted to produce a graphic representation (a map). The word ‘Cartesian’ is derived from the name of the French mathematician René Descartes (1596–1650).
Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Earth Sciences and Geography.