Instituto Geográfico Nacional (Spain)

The Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), or National Geographic Institute is a Spanish government agency, dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Public Works. It is the national mapping agency for Spain, together with the Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica (CNIG).

Headquarters (Madrid)
Casa del Mapa


The IGN is responsible for:

  1. Astronomic observations and research
  2. Observation and maintenance of the national geodetic networks
  3. Making and updating the cartography for the country (including official National Topographic Maps, called MTN50 (1:50,000 scale) and MTN25 (1:25,000 scale))
  4. Making and maintaining the IDEE or Infraestructura de Datos Espaciales de España, the Spanish Spatial Data Infrastructure
  5. R&D and application of teledetection systems
  6. Geophysics and gravimetry
  7. Seismographic and volcanic activity analysis

General directorsEdit

  • Rodolfo Núñez de las Cuevas (1974–1980)
  • Julio Morencos Tevar (1980–1983)
  • Emilio Murcia Navarro (1983–1984)
  • Ángel Arévalo Barroso (1985–1994)
  • José Teófilo Serrano Beltrán (1994–1995)
  • Ricardo Díaz Zoido (1995–1996)
  • José Antonio Canas Torres (1996–2002)
  • Alberto Sereno Álvarez (2002–2012)
  • Amador Elena Córdoba (from 2012)

External linksEdit

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