An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

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The third edition of this successful text continues to provide a clear, practical and accessible introduction to the world of Geographical Information Systems. A selection of new features helps to explain and demonstrate how GIS are actually used, across a variety of disciplines and within a range of industries.This edition is fully updated and includes coverage of the latest topics, such as web-based and mobile GIS. An increased focus is also placed on the practical applications of GIS to show their relevance and use within the world around us.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 196 x 264 x 24mm | 1,139.98g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0131293176
  • 9780131293175
  • 246,188

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An Introduction to Geographical Information SystemsThird EditionIan Heywood Sarah Cornelius Steve CarverThe third edition of this highly regarded and successful text continues to provide a clear and accessible introduction to the world of GIS for students and professionals. With an increased focus on the practical applications of GIS, the new edition features a wealth of new multi-disciplinary case studies and examples of GIS in practice, demonstrating how it is used worldwide and within a variety of different industries.Furthermore, the new edition has been substantially revised and updated to include coverage of the latest advances in GIS such as location-based services, time-based GIS, web mapping, data supply and 3D visualization.FeaturesA striking new full-colour design enriches the photographs, maps, diagrams, and screenshots to provide a highly visual illustration of GIS output and applications; A selection of new international case studies written by both specialists and practitioners provides a detailed picture of how GIS is used across a variety of different disciplines and industries; Practice boxes demonstrate how GIS tools and techniques are applied in the real world across a range of sectors including business, environmental management, tourism and planning; Theory boxes provide consolidation of important issues and concepts; Reflection boxes - included at the end of each main section - enable you to check progress and further explore the key issues; A range of useful revision material at the end of each chapter including questions, text and web-based activities and a guide to further reading; A dedicated website including: o Self-test multiple-choice questions and extension activities o Weblinks for further investigation. o Datasets offering practice and extension opportunities. o PowerPoints containing the main images from the text."An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems "is suitable for students of Geographical Information studies at all levels, from undergraduate to professionals retraining in GIS. About the authorsIan Heywood, previously Director of Learning for UK BusinessLab Ltd., Director of Open and Distance Learning for RobertGordonUniversity, Aberdeen, and a Senior Lecturer in GIS at ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, is now Director of Skills and Learning for Scottish Enterprise Grampian.Sarah Corneliusis a trainer a Lecturer in the Schoolof Educationat the Universityof Aberdeenand an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.Steve Carver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the Universityof Leeds. He was the Director of Leeds' successful MSc in GIS for twelve years and is now BSc Programme Manager.Additional student support at www.pearsoned.co.uk/heywoodshow more

Table of contents

Contents List of figuresPrefaceGuided tourCase studiesAcknowledgementsPublisher s acknowledgementsAbbreviations and acronymsAbout the authors Part 1 Fundamentals of GIS 1 What is GIS?Learning outcomesIntroductionDefining GISComponents of a GISConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 2 Spatial dataLearning outcomesIntroductionMaps and their influence on the character of spatial dataThematic characteristics of spatial dataOther sources of spatial dataConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 3 Spatial data modellingLearning outcomesIntroductionEntity definitionSpatial data modelsSpatial data structuresModelling surfacesModelling networksBuilding computer worldsModelling the third dimensionModelling the fourth dimensionConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 4 Database managementLearning outcomesIntroductionWhy choose a database approach?Database modelsCreating a databaseGIS database applicationsDevelopments in databasesConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 5 Data input and editingLearning outcomesIntroductionMethods of data inputData editingTowards an integrated databaseConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 6 Data analysisLearning outcomesIntroductionMeasurements in GIS  lengths, perimeters and areasQueriesReclassificationBuffering and neighbourhood functionsIntegrating data  map overlaySpatial interpolationAnalysis of surfacesNetwork analysisConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 7 Analytical modelling in GISLearning outcomesIntroductionProcess modelsModelling physical and environmental processesModelling human processesModelling the decision-making processProblems with using GIS to model spatial processesConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 8 Output: from new maps to enhanced decisionsLearning outcomesIntroductionMaps as outputNon-cartographic outputSpatial multimediaMechanisms of deliveryGIS and spatial decision supportConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links Part 2 Issues in GIS 9 The development of computer methods for handling spatial dataLearning outcomesIntroductionHandling spatial data manuallyThe development of computer methods for handling spatial dataThe development of GISConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 10 Data quality issuesLearning outcomesIntroductionDescribing data quality and errorsSources of error in GISFinding and modelling errors in GISManaging GIS errorConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 1 1Human and organizational issuesLearning outcomesIntroductionGIS applicationsGIS usersJustifying the investment in GISChoosing and implementing a GISOrganizational changes due to GISConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 12 GIS project design and managementLearning outcomesIntroductionProblem identificationDesigning a data modelProject managementImplementation problemsProject evaluationConclusionsRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links 13 The Future of GISLearning outcomesIntroductionGIS in the 1990sIssues for GIS in the 1990sTwenty predictions for GISWhere next for GIS in the twenty first centuryConclusionsEpilogueRevision questionsFurther study  readingFurther study  activitiesWeb links ReferencesGlossaryIndexshow more

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This is truly an introductory text and if you have any experience in GIS systems, it is not worth buying it. That said, it is simple, well laid out and visually friendly.show more
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