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An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

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By: Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver
295 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, maps
An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
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  • An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems ISBN: 9780130611987 Edition: 2 Paperback Jul 2002 Out of Print #133259
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Offers an up-to-date introduction to the world of GIS. Fully revised and updated, it is designed to be easy to use for all students at all levels, from undergraduates to professionals retraining in GIS. It focuses on the practical application of GIS, and considers how the technology works.

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Contents List of figures Preface Guided tour Case studies Acknowledgements Publisher's acknowledgements Abbreviations and acronyms About the authors Part 1 Fundamentals of GIS 1 What is GIS? Learning outcomes Introduction Defining GIS Components of a GIS Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 2 Spatial data Learning outcomes Introduction Maps and their influence on the character of spatial data Thematic characteristics of spatial data Other sources of spatial data Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 3 Spatial data modelling Learning outcomes Introduction Entity definition Spatial data models Spatial data structures Modelling surfaces Modelling networks Building computer worlds Modelling the third dimension Modelling the fourth dimension Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 4 Database management Learning outcomes Introduction Why choose a database approach? Database models Creating a database GIS database applications Developments in databases Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 5 Data input and editing Learning outcomes Introduction Methods of data input Data editing Towards an integrated database Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 6 Data analysis Learning outcomes Introduction Measurements in GIS lengths, perimeters and areas Queries Reclassification Buffering and neighbourhood functions Integrating data map overlay Spatial interpolation Analysis of surfaces Network analysis Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 7 Analytical modelling in GIS Learning outcomes Introduction Process models Modelling physical and environmental processes Modelling human processes Modelling the decision-making process Problems with using GIS to model spatial processes Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 8 Output: from new maps to enhanced decisions Learning outcomes Introduction Maps as output Non-cartographic output Spatial multimedia Mechanisms of delivery GIS and spatial decision support Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links Part 2 Issues in GIS 9 The development of computer methods for handling spatial data Learning outcomes Introduction Handling spatial data manually The development of computer methods for handling spatial data The development of GIS Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 10 Data quality issues Learning outcomes Introduction Describing data quality and errors Sources of error in GIS Finding and modelling errors in GIS Managing GIS error Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 1 1Human and organizational issues Learning outcomes Introduction GIS applications GIS users Justifying the investment in GIS Choosing and implementing a GIS Organizational changes due to GIS Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 12 GIS project design and management Learning outcomes Introduction Problem identification Designing a data model Project management Implementation problems Project evaluation Conclusions Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links 13 The Future of GIS Learning outcomes Introduction GIS in the 1990s Issues for GIS in the 1990s Twenty predictions for GIS Where next for GIS in the twenty first century Conclusions Epilogue Revision questions Further study reading Further study activities Web links References Glossary Index

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Textbook
By: Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver
295 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, maps
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