Albers projection

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Albers projection of the world with standard parallels 20°N and 50°N.
The Albers projection with standard parallels 15°N and 45°N, with Tissot's indicatrix of deformation
An Albers projection shows areas accurately, but distorts shapes.

The Albers equal-area conic projection, or Albers projection (named after Heinrich C. Albers), is a conic, equal area map projection that uses two standard parallels. Although scale and shape are not preserved, distortion is minimal between the standard parallels.

The Albers projection is used by the United States Geological Survey and the United States Census Bureau.[1] Most of the maps in the National Atlas of the United States use the Albers projection.[2] It is also one of the standard projections used by the government of British Columbia,[3] and the sole governmental projection for the Yukon.[4]


For Sphere[edit]

Snyder[2] describes generating formulae for the projection, as well as the projection's characteristics. Coordinates from a spherical datum can be transformed into Albers equal-area conic projection coordinates with the following formulas, where is the radius, is the longitude, the reference longitude, the latitude, the reference latitude and and the standard parallels:


Lambert equal-area conic[edit]

If just one of the two standard parallels of the Albers projection is placed on a pole, the result is the Lambert equal-area conic projection.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Projection Reference". Bill Rankin. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  2. ^ a b Snyder, John P. (1987). "Chapter 14: ALBERS EQUAL-AREA CONIC PROJECTION". Map Projections – A Working Manual. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1395. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. p. 100. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  3. ^ "Data Catalogue".
  4. ^ "Support & Info: Common Questions". Geomatics Yukon. Government of Yukon. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Directory of Map Projections". "Lambert equal-area conic".

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