Lee conformal world in a tetrahedron

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Lee conformal tetrahedric projection of the world centered on the south pole.
The Lee conformal world in a tetrahedron with Tissot's indicatrix of deformation.
Lee conformal tetrahedric projection tessellated several times in the plane.

The Lee conformal world in a tetrahedron is a polyhedral, conformal map projection that projects the globe onto a tetrahedron using Dixon's elliptic functions. It is conformal everywhere except for the four singularities at the vertices of the polyhedron. Because of the nature of polyhedrons, this map projection can be tessellated infinitely in the plane. It was developed by L. P. Lee in 1965.[1]

Coordinates from a spherical datum can be transformed into Lee conformal projection coordinates with the following formulas,[1] where α is the longitude and σ the angular distance from the pole:

[math]\displaystyle{ 2 \operatorname{sm}(w)\operatorname{cm}(w) = 2^{5/6} \tan\left(\frac{1}{2}\sigma\right)\cdot e^{i\alpha} }[/math]


[math]\displaystyle{ w = x + y i }[/math]

and "sm" and "cm" are Dixon's elliptic functions.

Since there is no way to directly compute these functions, Lee suggested the use of the 28th degree MacLaurin series.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lee, L.P. (1965). "Some Conformal Projections Based on Elliptic Functions". Geographical Review (American Geographical Society) 55 (4): 563–580. doi:10.2307/212415.