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Fundamentals of Geographic Informati 1ST Editionby Michael N Demers
Synopses & Reviews
This comprehensive look at GIS doesn't overwhelm with details, equations, or computer codes. Instead the author interweaves the ideas of geographic inquiry and spatial discovery, inviting readers to join in the excitement of discovery as it takes place within the computerized world of the digital GIS databases. After discussing spatial and mapping concepts, the author sequentially addresses the components of GIS systems. A final chapter spotlights the process of designing and implementing a GIS system.
Book News Annotation:
Provides an introductory, conceptual level of understanding of spatial analysis through the implementation of modern geographic information systems software, while presenting useful material for technical training. Creates functional links between the academic and the technician so that the technician better understands fundamental geographic concepts and the academic can formulate models in keeping with the technical limitations of the hardware and software. Shows that a well prepared GIS professional is a precious resource, capable of providing a set of decision making tools far beyond what was available 20 years ago. The text is software and data independent.
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This informative book on the principles of geographic information systems (GIS) interweaves the idea of geographic inquiry and spatial discovery throughout. It provides a comprehensive and accessible look at GIS without burdening the reader with an imposing array of equations, algorithms, computer code and command structures.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Automated Geography.
GEOGRAPHIC DATA, MAPS, AND AUTOMATION.
Spatial Analysis: The Foundation of Modern Geography.
The Map as a Model of Geographic Data: The Language of Spatial Thinking.
Cartographic and GIS Data Structures.
INPUT, STORAGE, AND EDITING.
GIS Data Input.
Data Storage and Editing.
ANALYSIS: THE HEART OF THE GIS.
Elementary Spatial Analysis.
Overlay: Comparing Coverage Variables.
The Output From Analysis.
GIS Design and Implementation.
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