and Cartography Section
of the National Speleological Society
The 2020 NSS Cartographic Salon will be a Virtual Event
There will be a virtual Cartographic Salon as part of the virtual NSS
Convention in July.
The rules for the Salon are on the NSS Web site at
A few notes:
1. Submitted maps will not be available for viewing or downloading
except by the Salon's judges.
2. The Salon Critique will be broadcast live using Zoom on Saturday,
August 1, at 9 AM EDT. Entrants will be invited to attend. The
Critique may be open to the NSS membership, but that decision has not
been made yet.
3. Maps must be submitted by Friday, June 19.
Please direct any questions to the Cartographic Salon Chair, Dwight
Livingston, at email@example.com.
Welcome to the Survey and Cartography Section's (SACS) website. SACS is
an internal organization of the NSS whose purpose it is to improve the
state of cave documentation and survey, cave data manipulation, and all
forms of cave cartography.
SACS is made up of a diverse group of cavers who are interested in
sharing ideas, technology and opinions on the science and art of
producing digital and traditional cave maps, on methods of cave data
collection and reduction, and for improving the digital manipulation
and representation of cave survey data. Anyone interested in cave
mapping and cartography is welcome to join.
The Section holds an Annual Meeting, a Survey and Cartography Session,
and a Cartographic Salon at each NSS Convention. Section business is
conducted at the annual meeting. Papers, presentations, and discussions
are featured at the Convention session and the Cartographic Salon is an
exhibit of traditional and digital cave maps which feature the best
work of national and international cartographers.
Membership: SACS is no longer
collecting dues as we
currently have sufficient funds for current activities for many years,
and we have decided to publish Compass & Tape as an electronic only
publication, saving much of the annual costs of membership.
Please email the SACS Treasurer, Bob Hoke, firstname.lastname@example.org,
& email address to become a member of SACS and be kept up-to-date
on all upcoming activities.
Convention Session: SACS sponsors
the Survey & Cartography Session at the annual National
Speleological Society Convention, at which presentations are made on a
variety of topics of interest to cave surveyors. Anyone
welcome (and encouraged) to do a presentation at the session. See
Cartographic Salon: At each NSS
convention there is a Cartographic Salon where cave maps are displayed
and judged in different categories. For more information go to
Salon Page on this site or http://www.caves.org/committee/salons/Cartographic.shtml.
Call for Web-Based Maps: The Cartographic Salon welcomes web
maps. With a real example to study, we might begin
learning what a web map really is. Please let me know of any cave map
that might qualify, your own or something you’ve seen on a web page
somewhere. Check the Cartographic Salon Page for more information.
SACS Facebook Group. SACS has an active presence on Facebook. Click the Facebook logo to go there.
SACS Patch: SACS has an official patch! The 4” diameter
cloth patch was
designed by Jason Richards. The patch is available to anyone for a
paltry $4 and the price includes postage. If you order two or more
patches at once, the price for the first one is $4 and the additional
ones are $3 each. Click here for an order form.
NSS Convention Session Abstracts:
Abstracts of many Survey and Cartography Session presentations made at
NSS Conventions are available in a searchable PDF file here
(55 pages, 333 Kbytes). After downloading, the file can be
searched with most PDF viewer programs.
This page last
updated or verified on June 3, 2020