Geocomputation: A Primer / Edition 1

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Overview

Geocomputation A Primer edited by Paul A Longley Sue M Brooks Rachael McDonnell School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK and Bill Macmillan School of Geography, University of Oxford, UK This book encompasses all that is new in geocomputation. It is also a primer - that is, a book which sets out the foundations and scope of this important emergent area from the same contemporary perspective. The catalyst to the emergence of geocomputation is the new and creative application of computers to devise and depict digital representations of the Earth's surface. The environment for geocomputation is provided by geographical information systems (GIS), yet geocomputation is much more than GIS. Geocomputation is a blend of research-led applications which emphasise process over form, dynamics over statics, and interaction over passive response. This book presents a timely blend of current research and practice, written by the leading figures in the field. It provides insights to a new and rapidly developing area, and identifies the key foundations to future developments. It should be read by all who seek to use geocomputational methods for solving real world problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471985754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.79 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 On Geocomputation 1
1 Foundations 3
2 Geocomputation in Context 17
Pt. 2 On Data and Documentation 31
3 Remote Sensing: From Data to Understanding 33
4 Different Data Sources and Diverse Data Structures: Metadata and Other Solutions 61
Pt. 3 Diagnostics and Pattern Detection 75
5 Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis in a Geocomputational Environment 77
6 Building Automated Geographical Analysis and Explanation Machines 95
Pt. 4 Real and Virtual Environments 117
7 Visualising Different Geofutures 119
8 Modelling Virtual Environments 139
Pt. 5 Space-Time Dynamics 163
9 Dynamic Modelling and Geocomputation 165
10 On the Status and Opportunities for Physical Process Modelling in Geomorphology 193
11 On Complex Geographical Space: Computing Frameworks for Spatial Diffusion Processes 231
Epilogue 257
Author Index 265
Subject Index 271
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