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.
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.