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

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Global Positioning System is the first book to guide social scientists with little or no mapping or GPS experience through the process of collecting field data from start to finish.

  • Takes readers step-by-step through the key stages of a GPS fieldwork project.
  • Explains complex background topics in clear, easy-to-understand language.
  • Provides simple guidelines for GPS equipment selection.
  • Provides practical solutions for real GPS data collection issues.
  • Offers a concise guide to using GPS-collected data within geographic information systems.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
  • 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.

Part I: Understanding GPS.

2. Why Use GPS?.

3. What Is GPS?.

4. Coordinate Systems And Datums.

5. GPS Considerations: Getting Started.

Part II: Utilizing GPS.

6. Developing A GPS Project.

7. Project Fundamentals.

8. Fieldwork Planning And Preparations: Data And Methods.

9. Fieldwork Planning And Preparations: Field Resources.

10. Fieldwork Planning And Preparations: Data Quality And Logistics.

11. Transitioning To Fieldwork.

12. Post-Fieldwork Processing.

13. Utilizing GPS Data Within Geographic Information Systems.

14. Conclusion.

References Cited.

Appendix A: GPS Manufacturers.

Appendix B: Sample Field Instrument.

Appendix C: UTM Zones.


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