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Winkel I

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Often used for world maps, the Winkel I projection is a pseudo cylindrical projection that averages the coordinates from the Equirectangular (Equidistant Cylindrical) and Sinusoidal projections. Developed by Oswald Winkel in 1914.
Learn about the Equirectangular (Equidistant Cylindrical) projection
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Illustration of the Winkel I projection

Projection method

Pseudo cylindrical. Coordinates are the average of the Sinusoidal and Equirectangular projections. Meridians are equally spaced sinusoidal curves curving toward the central meridian. The central meridian is a straight line. Parallels are equally spaced straight lines. The length of the poles and the central meridian depends on the standard parallels. If the standard parallel is the equator, Eckert V results.
Learn about the Sinusoidal projection
Learn about the Equirectangular projection
Learn about the Eckert V projection

Linear graticules

The parallels and the central meridian.



Generally distorted.


Generally distorted.


Generally distorted.


Generally, scale is made true along latitudes 50°28' N and S.


Neither conformal nor equal area. Useful only for world maps.

Uses and applications

Developed for use in general world maps. If the standard parallels are 50°28' N and S, the total area scale is correct, but local area scales vary.



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