—B-spline snake methods have been used in cartographic generalization in the past decade, particularly in the generalization of navigational charts where this method yields good results with respect to the shoal-bias rules for generalization of chart contours. However, previous studies only show generalization results at particular generalization (or scale) levels, and the user can only see two conditions: before the generalization and after generalization, but nothing in between. This paper presents an improved method of using B-spline snakes for generalization in the context of nautical charts, where the generalization process is done gradually, and the user can see the complete process of the generalization.


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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Journal or Conference Title

IEEE Oceans

Conference Date

Sep 23 - Sep 26, 2010

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San Diego, CA, USA



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Conference Proceeding