What is a topographic map?
A topographic map provides a visual reference to the layout of a landscape. It represents the natural and made environment using a system of measurement (scale), grid references and symbols.
It can be used to explore the sense of a place and its relationships to other places, including changes over time. A topographic map may include a variety of detail, including contours and elevation, forested areas, water courses and roads. In this way, topographic maps can be used to build a picture of human activity and changing landscapes.