Miller cylindrical projection

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A Miller projection of the Earth.
Miller projection with 1,000 km indicatrices of distortion.

The Miller cylindrical projection is a modified Mercator projection, proposed by Osborn Maitland Miller in 1942. The latitude is scaled by a factor of ​45, projected according to Mercator, and then the result is multiplied by ​54 to retain scale along the equator.[1] Hence:

[math]\displaystyle{ \begin{align} x &= \lambda \\ y &= \frac{5}{4}\ln\left[\tan\left(\frac{\pi}{4} + \frac{2\varphi}{5}\right)\right] = \frac{5}{4}\sinh^{-1}\left(\tan\frac{4\varphi}{5}\right)\end{align} }[/math]

or inversely,

[math]\displaystyle{ \begin{align} \lambda &= x \\ \varphi &= \frac{5}{2}\tan^{-1}e^\frac{4 y}{5} - \frac{5\pi}{8} = \frac{5}{4}\tan^{-1}\left(\sinh\frac{4 y}{5}\right)\end{align} }[/math]

where λ is the longitude from the central meridian of the projection, and φ is the latitude.[2] Meridians are thus about 0.733 the length of the equator.

In GIS applications, this projection is known as: "ESRI:54003 - World Miller Cylindrical"[3]

Compact Miller projection is similar to Miller but spacing between parallels stops growing after 55 degrees.[4]

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