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Getting Started With Geography Information Syst. / With CD

Getting Started With Geography Information Syst. / With CD - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0130460271

Cover of Getting Started With Geography Information Syst. / With CD 4TH 03 (ISBN 978-0130460271)
ISBN13: 978-0130460271
ISBN10: 0130460273
Edition: 4TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

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Getting Started With Geography Information Syst. / With CD - 4TH 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0130460271

Keith Clarke

ISBN13: 978-0130460271
ISBN10: 0130460273
Edition: 4TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

For introductory courses in Geographic Information Systems.

Designed to make the complexity of this rapidly growing high-tech field accessible to beginning students, this text provides a basic, non-technical and student-friendly introduction to GIS. It uses a "learn-by-seeing" approach that features clear, simple explanations, an abundance of illustrations and photos, and generic practice labs for use with any GIS software. The Fourth Edition is updated with software and laboratory assignments for ArcView 8.


  • NEW--Software and laboratory assignments for ArcView 8.
    • Allows students to work on lab assignments outside of university labs.
  • NEW--New Case Study--Featuring a GIS application to the World Trade Center Tragedy (Ch. 9).
    • Shows students the use of GIS in the field.
  • NEW--Revision of Chapter 6--Includes revised and new spatial analytical examples, including map overlay.
    • Helps students think critically when using GIS.
  • NEW--Updated information sources and web sites.
    • Ensures that students are getting the most current and accurate data available.
  • NEW--New section in Chapter 10 on location-based services.
    • Provides insight into a new and developing market for GIS.
  • NEW--Extensive and updated WWW site--Contains review exercises, an online lab manual, and additional resources.
    • A "learn-by-seeing" approach--Uses basic, simple language augmented with many examples, diagrams, and photographs.
  • Enhances the learning experience for students.
    • Comprehensive, integrated coverage--Covers, in one text, the basic GIS material that is traditionally scattered throughout the Geography curriculum--e.g., in Cartography, GIS spatial analysis and quantitative methods.
  • Gives students a convenient, concise reference.
    • Screen shots from actual software applications.
  • Illustrates discussions of specific pieces of software.
    • People in GIS boxes--Profiles individuals working on some aspect of GIS, and features an interview that focuses on that individual's educational preparation, professional career steps, on-the-job experiences, etc.
  • Gives students an idea of what to expect in the professional world.
    • Chapter-end Study Guides--Feature point-by-point summaries and topic-by-topic discussion questions, and a glossary of key terms and definitions.
  • Gives students a chance to review material and evaluate their learning.
    • On-line lab exercises--Each chapter is complemented by an on-line lab exercise presented on the text's web site and www.prenhall.com/clarke.
  • Encourages students to gain hands-on experience after learning the theoretical material.
    • Upgraded graphics system.
  • Portrays the concepts presented more clearly and accurately for students.

Table of Contents

1. What Is a GIS?

Getting Started. Some Definitions of GIS. A Brief History of GIS. Sources of Information on GIS. People in GIS: Nils Larsen.

2. GIS's Roots in Cartography.

Map and Attribute Information. Map Scale and Projections. Coordinate Systems. Geographic Information.

3. Maps as Numbers.

Representing Maps as Numbers. Structuring Attributes. Structuring Maps. Why Topology Matters. Formats for GIS Data. Exchanging Data. People in GIS: Mark Bosworth.

4. Getting the Map into the Computer.

Analog-to-Digital Maps. Finding Existing Map Data. Digitizing and Scanning. Field and Image Data. Data Entry. Editing and Validation. People in GIS: Susan Benjamin.

5. What Is Where?

Basic Database Management. Searches by Attribute. Searches by Geography. The Query Interface.

6. Why Is It There?

Describing Attributes. Statistical Analysis. Spatial Description. Spatial Analysis. Searching for Spatial Relationships. GIS and Spatial Analysis.

7. Making Maps with GIS.

The Parts of a Map. Choosing a Map Type. Designing the Map.

8. How to Pick a GIS.

The Evolution of GIS Software. GIS and Operating Systems. GIS Software Capabilities. GIS Software and Data Structures. Choosing the Best GIS. People in GIS: Assaf Anyamba.

9. GIS in Action.

Introducing GIS in Action. Case Study 1: GIS Fights the Gypsy Moth. Case Study 2: GIS and Road Accidents in Connecticut. Case Study 3: GIS Helps Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn. Case Study 4: The Channel Islands GIS. Case Study 5: Using GIS and GPS to Map the Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa.

10. The Future of GIS.

Why Speculate? Future Data. Future Hardware. Future Software. Some Future Issues and Problems. Conclusion. People in GIS: Michael Goodchild.


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