A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts

A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts

by Francis Harvey
     
 

This pragmatic book introduces key concepts and skills to prepare students to understand and use geographic information systems (GIS). The text thoroughly explains what geographic information is, how it is represented and analyzed, and what it communicates about human and environmental activities and events that take place on our planet. Basic principles of map

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Overview

This pragmatic book introduces key concepts and skills to prepare students to understand and use geographic information systems (GIS). The text thoroughly explains what geographic information is, how it is represented and analyzed, and what it communicates about human and environmental activities and events that take place on our planet. Basic principles of map making and map reading are integrated with discussions of relevant information technologies and applications. Written in an accessible style, the text is organized into four parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized GIS courses. User-friendly features include practical examples and exercises, engaging vignettes, and helpful Internet resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593855666
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/07/2008
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Francis Harvey is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He has also worked at the University of Kentucky and at a variety of academic and professional positions in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and has taught GIS courses in other academic and professional programs around the world. His research is wide ranging, with a current focus on governance of land and spatial data infrastructures.

Table of Contents

I. Communication and Geographic Understanding

1. Goals of Cartography and GI: Representation and Communication

2. Choices in How to Make Representations

3. GI and Cartography Issues

II. Principles of GI and Cartography

4. Projections

5. Locational and Coordinate Systems

6. Databases, Cartography, and GI

7. Surveying, GPS, Digitization

8. Remote Sensing

9. Positions, Networks, Fields, and Transformations

III. Advanced Issues in GI and Cartography

10. Cartographic Representation

11. Map Cultures, Misuses, and GI

12. Administration of Spaces

IV. GI Analysis: Understanding Our World

13. GI Analysis and GIS

14. Geostatistics

15. Futures of GIS

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