Cynthia Brewer

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Department Head, Geography

Research Summary

Cartographic communication and visualization, map design, color theory applications in cartography, multi-scale mapping, generalization, topographic map design, atlas mapping and choropleth classification for maps in series.

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Recent Publications

Evaluating data stability in aggregation structures across spatial scales: revisiting the modifiable areal unit problem

Nelson, J. K. & Brewer, C. A., Jan 2 2017, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 44, 1, p. 35-50 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

An impressionistic cartographic solution for base map land cover with coarse pixel data

Raposo, P., Brewer, C. A. & Sparks, K., 2016, In: Cartographic Perspectives. 2016, 83, p. 5-21 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Guidance for representing uncertainty on global temperature change maps

Retchless, D. P. & Brewer, C. A., Mar 15 2016, In: International Journal of Climatology. 36, 3, p. 1143-1159 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Landscape preference and map readability in design evaluation of topographic maps with an orthoimage background

Raposo, P. & Brewer, C. A., Feb 1 2014, In: Cartographic Journal. 51, 1, p. 25-37 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Automated thinning of road networks and road labels for multiscale design of the National Map of the United States

Brewer, C. A., Stanislawski, L. V., Buttenfield, B. P., Sparks, K. A., McGilloway, J. & Howard, M. A., Sep 1 2013, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 40, 4, p. 259-270 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

GIScience at Penn state

Brewer, C. A. & Robinson, A. C., Jul 2011, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 38, 3, p. 332-334 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Adapting generalization tools to physiographic diversity for the united states national hydrography dataset

Buttenfield, B. P., Stanislawski, L. V. & Brewer, C. A., Jul 2011, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 38, 3, p. 289-301 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Establishing classification and hierarchy in populated place labeling for multiscale mapping for the National map

Butzler, S. J., Brewer, C. A. & Stroh, W. J., Apr 2011, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 38, 2, p. 100-109 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

A typology of operators for maintaining legible map designs at multiple scales

Roth, R. E., Brewer, C. A. & Stryker, M. S., 2011, In: Cartographic Perspectives. 68, p. 29-64 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Mastering map scale: Balancing workloads using display and geometry change in multi-scale mapping

Brewer, C. A. & Buttenfield, B. P., Apr 2010, In: GeoInformatica. 14, 2, p. 221-239 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Performance of map symbol and label design with format and display resolution options through scale for the national map

Brewer, C. A., Hanchett, C. L., Buttenfield, B. P. & Usery, E. L., Jan 1 2010, In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. 38

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

Establishing classification and hierarchy in populated place labeling for multiscale mapping for the national map

Stroh, W. J., Butzler, S. J. & Brewer, C. A., 2010, In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. 38

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Application of the radical law in generalization of national hydrography data for multiscale mapping

Wilmer, J. M. & Brewer, C. A., Jan 1 2010, In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. 38

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

Automation and the map label placement problem: A comparison of two GIS implementations of label placement

Kern, J. P. & Brewer, C. A., 2008, In: Cartographic Perspectives. 60, p. 22-45 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Framing guidelines for multi-scale map design using databases at multiple resolutions

Brewer, C. A. & Buttenfield, B. P., Jan 2007, In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 34, 1, p. 3-15 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review