Increasingly, maps are available online, although some, like geological, admiralty charts, soil maps and land-use maps, are not so readily available. These, and others, are accessible in the Map Room at Norwich Research Park, and there are occasions where a complete map is preferred to an electronic image.
The map collection comprises some 35,000 maps covering Norfolk and East Anglia at various scales dating back to 1797, the British Isles at medium scales and the World at smaller scales. The maps cover the spectrum of interests of environmental scientists. The latest major revisions of Ordnance Survey and British Geological Society maps are available, and Admiralty charts covering British inshore waters.
Map coverage in the Library reflects current and past research localities in Britain and worldwide.
The collection of aerial photographs has been significantly added to by coverage of the East Anglian coast. The Environment Agency has deposited contact prints covering the coast from the Humber to the Thames for the period 1988 – 2002, and digital files 2009 and 2010 (while there are gaps, it is still a significant resource).
Some maps and aerial photographs are also held in digital formats on CD ROM, or are downloaded under licence from remote sites.
There are information sheets on cartographic topics: if you are unsure about OS grid references or unclear about UTM help is available. The links pages also point the way to useful sites.
Please note, at present many of the links to the maps in this facility are accessible via the UEA Intranet only. The intention is to make them available via this website.