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Geographic Information Systems and Science
Synopses & Reviews
Geographic Information Systems and Sciencehas become the pre-eminent textbook in its field, for students and practitioners alike. Its unique approach communicates the richness and diversity of GIS in a lucid and accessible format. This fully revised and updated second edition reinforces the view of GIS as a gateway to science and problem solving, sets out the scientific principles that govern its use, and describes the impact of people on its development, design, and success. The second edition of Geographic Information Systems and Scienceincludes:
The second edition of Geographic Information Systems and Scienceis essential reading for undergraduates taking courses in GIS within departments of Geography, Environmental Science, Business (and Public) Administration, Computer Science, Urban Studies, Planning, Information Science, Civil Engineering, and Archaeology. It is also provides a key resource for foundation GIS courses on taught MSc and other higher-degree programs. Where courses are highly modular, this book will support not only the technology and environmental elements but will give a business, managerial and societal context – and show how these tie together, no one element being of value if seen as ‘an island’. Professional users of GIS from governmental organizations and industries across the private sector will find this book an invaluable resource with a wealth of relevant applications.
Comments on the first edition:
"Once in a generation a textbook appears which redefines its field and becomes the standard for years to come. This is such a book." Bob Barr, GI News, May 2001
"anyone who uses any form of formal GIS education in the future will have this book listed as the core text for many years to come." Civil Engineering Surveyor, November 2001
"Geographic Information Systems and Science is a landmark in the evolution of GIS. It is a book that captures and redefines the richness and diversity of GIS, in an accessible form". Geometre Landmeter, March 2002
This volume deals with the scientific context, content and implications of GIS and the impact of Internet GIS on science and society. It has over 50 illustrated mini-case studies of real GIS applications that show how GIS is being used everyday.
The first edition of Geographic Information Systems and Sciencehas taken the GIS textbook market by storm, selling over 22,000 copies since publication. It is themost current, authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the field, that goes from fundamental principles to the big picture.
GISS 2e builds on the success of the first edition:
A new suite of instructor resources including a companion website with an on-line lab resource and personal student sullabus and a cehensive Instructor’s Manual that maps the textbook to various disciplines and levels of courses.
This landmark text captures and redefines the richness and diversity of GIS, in an accessible form. It presents a clearly-defined path to a world of learning about GIS, using the Internet and closely-couples reference sources. It is richly produced and illustrated unlike any other in the field, with over 300 full colour illustrations.
Unique in several ways, it presents comprehensive treatments of: Geographic Information Science - the scientific context to GIS, technical content and geographic implications The real value of GIS - illustrated using real world applications. Treatments emphasize operational, tactical and strategic issues The impact of Internet GIS on interdisciplinary science and society The pivotal role of GIS as a business driver in the information age - including the role of GIS as a business asset and the operational dynamics of its use in practice
Learning resources include: Links to ESRI's Virtual Campus which includes modules specially written to accompany the book (http: //campus.esri.com) Instructor's Manual to assist in the planning and use of this text in a variety of academic environments (http: //www.wiley.co.uk/gis) Free on-line access to relevant chapters of the first edition of the two-volume 'Big Book 1' (http: //www.wiley.co.uk/gis) Questions for further study at the end of each chapter (http: //www.wiley.co.uk/gis) Powerpoint slides to assist teaching
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations.
PART I: INTRODUCTION.
1. Systems, Science, and Study.
2. A Gallery of Applications.
PART II: PRINCIPLES.
3. Representing Geography.
4. The Nature of Geographic Data.
PART III: TECHNIQUES.
7. GIS Software.
8. Geographic Data Modeling.
9. GIS Data Collection.
10. Creating and Maintaining Geographic Databases.
11. Distributed GIS.
PART IV: ANALYSIS.
12. Cartography and Map Production.
14. Query, Measurement, and Transformation.
15. Descriptive Summary, Design, and Inference.
16. Spatial Modeling with GIS.
PART V: MANAGEMENT AND POLICY.
17. Managing GIS.
18. GIS AND Management, the Knowledge Economy, and Information.
19. Exploiting GIS Assets and Navigating Constraints.
20. GIS Partnerships.
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