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The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis: Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationships / Edition 1

The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis: Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationships / Edition 1

by Andy Mitchell
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ISBN-13: 9781879102064
Publisher: ESRI Press
Publication date: 08/01/1999
Series: Esri Guide to GIS Analysis Series , #1
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 830,301
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Andy Mitchell is a writer at Esri. He is the author of The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics (Esri Press 2005) and The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 3: Modeling Suitability, Movement, and Interaction (Esri Press 2012).

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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.

Table of Contents

Introducing GIS analysis

What is GIS analysis?

Understanding geographic features

Understanding geographic attributes

Mapping where things are

Why map where things are?

Deciding what to map

Preparing your data

Making your map

Analyzing geographic patterns

Mapping the most and least

Why map the most and least?

What do you need to map?

Understanding quantities

Creating classes

Making a map

Looking for patterns

Mapping density

Why map density?

Deciding what to map

Two ways of mapping density

Mapping density for defined areas

Creating a density surface

Finding what's inside

Why map what's inside?

Defining your analysis

Three ways of finding what's inside

Drawing areas and features

Selecting features inside an area

Overlaying areas and features

Finding what's nearby

Why map what's nearby?

Defining your analysis

Three ways of finding what's nearby

Using straight-line distance

Measuring distance or cost over a network

Calculating cost over a geographic surface

Mapping change

Why map change?

Defining your analysis

Three ways of mapping change

Creating a time series

Creating a tracking map

Measuring and mapping change

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