Global Positioning System: A Field Guide for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

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The book takes readers step-by-step through all the key stages of a GPS fieldwork project, covering planning, implementation, and data integration. For each phase, the authors supply clear and concise explanations of relevant technical topics, such as accuracy issues, the selection of appropriate GPS equipment, and the use of coordinate systems. Separate text boxes highlight important practical considerations and give sample solutions for real GPS data collection issues. Model checklists for project planning and equipment can be used as a basis for readers' own projects.

Researchers and students from fields as diverse as sociology, anthropology, geography, and public health will find this an invaluable resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An invaluable resource for social, economic or health researchers and practitioners who want to add a geographic component to their work." Uwe Deichmann, Development Research Group, World Bank

"This information will help users collect data at an appropriate level of accuracy in the most effcient manner. This nuts-and-bolts approach addresses such topics as training field-workers; creating equipment checklists; logistics; and safety in the field." ArcUser, October - December 2004

"An excellent introduction and field guide on GPS for the social sciences ... The book makes a valuable addition to any reference collection on geographical research." Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405101851
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Spencer is Assistant Director for Spatial Analysis in the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Brian G. Frizzelle is Research Associate and Senior Spatial Analyst in the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

John B. Vogler is Spatial Information Technology Specialist in the Research Program at the East-West Center, Hawaii, USA.

Philip H. Page is Director for the Spatial Analysis Unit in the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Understanding GPS 7
2 Why use GPS? 9
3 What is GPS? 26
4 Coordinate Systems and Datums 34
5 GPS Considerations: Getting Started 50
Pt. II Utilizing GPS 71
6 Developing a GPS Project 73
7 Project Fundamentals 76
8 Fieldwork Planning and Preparations: Data and Methods 89
9 Fieldwork Planning and Preparations: Field Resources 113
10 Fieldwork Planning and Preparations: Data Quality and Logistics 133
11 Transitioning to Fieldwork 146
12 Post-Fieldwork Processing 170
13 Utilizing GPS Data within Geographic Information Systems 179
14 Conclusion 196
References 204
App. A GPS Manufacturers 208
App. B Sample Field Instrument 209
App. C UTM Zones 212
Index 214
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