Geographic Information Systems and Science(GIS)
Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind
Geographic Information Systems and Science is 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
The book is the first to provide a gateway to Internet-based classroom and
distance learning. A series of modules of the ESRI Virtual Campus have been
specially written around the material in this book, and detailed learning guides
identify other on-line sources. Additional free supplementary reference material
is available through a Web site dedicated to the book
The book begins by developing the themes of GI Systems and GI Science, and illustrates the practical value of GIS through real case studies. The major parts then consider:
A concluding section anticipates the future of GIS and prospects for the people who use it.
This book is suitable for 2nd/3rd year undergraduates taking courses in GIS
within departments of Geography, Environmental Science, Forestry, Business
Studies and Economics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Planning, and
Archaeology. It is also suitable as a foundation course taught in M.Sc. and
other higher degree programs. Its user-friendly format is designed to appeal to
professionals working for federal, state and local organizations.
Paul A. Longley - University College London,UK
David J. Maguire - ESRI, Redlands CA, USA
Michael F. Goodchild - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
David W. Rhind - City University, London, UK
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms.
Systems, Science, and Study.
A Gallery of Applications.
The Nature of Geographic Data.
Generalization, Abstraction, and Metadata.
Geographic Data Modeling.
GIS Data Collection.
Creating and Maintaining Geographic Databases.
Visualization and User Interaction.
Geographic Query and Analysis: From Data to Information.
Advanced Spatial Analysis.
Uncertainty, Error, and Sensitivity.
GIS and Management.
G-business: GIS Assets, Constraints, Risks, and Strategies.
Operational Aspects of GIS.
Success through GIS Partnerships at Local, National, and Global Level.