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Spatial analysis is where the GIS rubber hits the road,
where all the hard work of digitizing, building a database, checking for errors,
and dealing with the details of projections and coordinate systems finally
pays off in results and better decisions. But spatial analysis has often
seemed inaccessible to many users�too mathematical to understand, too
difficult to implement, and lacking in good textbooks and guides. Here at
last is the ideal book, written by Andy Mitchell and based on ESRI�s vast
experience with applications of spatial analysis to a host of real problems.
The book covers every area of GIS application, so readers will find examples
that relate directly to their own concerns, whether they be in hydrology,
transportation, or regional planning. The organization is intuitive, with
sections on all of the major forms of simple spatial analysis.
This book will appeal to GIS users in all areas of GIS application. It will be invaluable reading for people encountering GIS for the first time, and wanting to see where its real power lies. It will make an excellent textbook for courses in GIS in high schools, community colleges, and undergraduate programs, and as a supplement for practical work. Although, the best way to learn what GIS Analysis can do for your projects is to use it. So buy this book and begin getting results and making better decisions.
In the next decade, the use of GIS analysis will grow. A new type of user will emerge�the spatial scientist. A significant number of GIS users will emerge as advanced modelers. Our goal is to help you expand your analytical GIS skills and sophistication. To do that, ESRI plans to add another book to this series covering more advanced analysis concepts and methods.