Chapter 5. Mapping Spatial Data

  1. Clemens Reimann M.Sc. in Mineralogy and Petrology, Ph.D. in Geosciences, D.Sc. in Applied Geochemistry lecturer senior geochemist director professor chairman acting vice president associate editor1,
  2. Peter Filzmoser Applied Mathematics visiting professor2,
  3. Robert G. Garrett Mining Geology and Applied Geochemistry Emeritus Scientist3 and
  4. Rudolf Dutter M.Sc., Ph.D. senior statistician full professor post-doctoral fellow2

Published Online: 18 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470987605.ch5

Statistical Data Analysis Explained: Applied Environmental Statistics with R

Statistical Data Analysis Explained: Applied Environmental Statistics with R

How to Cite

Reimann, C., Filzmoser, P., Garrett, R. G. and Dutter, R. (2008) Mapping Spatial Data, in Statistical Data Analysis Explained: Applied Environmental Statistics with R, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470987605.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Geological Survey of Norway, Norway

  2. 2

    Vienna University of Technology, Austria

  3. 3

    Geological Survey of Canada, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 4 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470985816

Online ISBN: 9780470987605



  • Geographical Information System (GIS) programs;
  • mapping spatial data;
  • geochemical mapping base map;
  • geochemical data mapping using classes;
  • geochemical mapping and choice of symbols;
  • boxplot classes and EDA symbols;
  • surface map construction - interpolation techniques or kriging;
  • complex smoothing methods and polynomial functions;
  • semivariogram estimation and kriging


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Map coordinate systems (map projection)

  • Map scale

  • Choice of the base map for geochemical mapping

  • Mapping geochemical data with proportional dots

  • Mapping geochemical data using classes

  • Surface maps constructed with smoothing techniques

  • Surface maps constructed with kriging

  • Colour maps

  • Some common mistakes in geochemical mapping

  • Summary