Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS: A Workbook Approach to Learning GIS

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 13, 2009 - Science - 571 pages
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Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS

A unique approach to learning and teaching GIS, updated for ArcGIS 9.3

Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS, Second Edition serves as both an easy-to-understand introduction to GIS and a hands-on manual for the ArcGIS 9.3 software. This combination theory-workbook approach is designed to quickly bring the reader from GIS neophyte to well-informed GIS user from both a general knowledge and practical viewpoint.

Replacing the traditional separate texts on theory and application, the book integrates a broad introduction to GIS with a software-specific workbook for ESRIs ArcGIS in a single comprehensive volume.?Easy to read, interesting, and at times quite amusing, the new edition is even more accessible to a wide variety of readers.

Each chapter presents two mutually supporting sections:

Overview- a discussion of theory and ideas relating to GIS, laying the groundwork for spatial analysis

Step-by-step instructions on how to use ArcGIS software. There are sixty exercises and nine review exercises throughout the book, covering most of the topics students need to gain GIS jobs or continue work in GIS or GIScience

Complete with a CD-ROM containing data for working out all of the exercises, this Second Edition provides an updated examination of file geodatabases including vector, raster, and 3D GIS with terrains. On completion of this text, students will have acquired in-depth understanding of GIS theory and how to operate the ArcGIS software. They will have been exposed, through additional hands-on demonstrations, to virtually everything about GIS that supports spatial analysis.

Written by an author with over thirty years of experience writing software manuals, Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS, Second Edition puts readers on the quick road to mastery of GIS.

  

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Contents

More of What GIS Is About
10
Physical Dimensionality
20
STEPBYSTEP
33
Exploring Basic GIS Data Storage Models
46
Finding Values in a Table
53
EXERCISE 16 PROJECT
59
But Something Is Missing
65
Looking at Wildcat Boat Data with ArcMap
73
Creating a 3D Feature
304
EXERCISE 59 REVIEW
311
STEPBYSTEP
333
Quick Selection of Features
339
EXERCISE 62 PROJECT
345
Using Charts and Graphs
351
Obtaining Data from the U S Bureau of the Census
357
Finally
363

Whats Next?
80
Characteristics and Examples of Spatial Data
81
STEPBYSTEP
105
Looking at the GPS Track in the Context of a Variety of GIS Data
113
Using the Measure Tool
120
More TIGERLine Files
134
EXERCISE 26 PROJECT
148
Maps and Other Information
157
STEPBYSTEP
167
Understanding the Panning and Other Controls
173
Legends
179
EXERCISE 35 MAJOR PROJECT
185
EXERCISE 37 REVIEW
200
Geodatabase Software
216
TINs
229
Making Polygons From Lines
242
EXERCISE 47 PROJECT
249
Selection Input
257
GPS and GIS
263
STEPBYSTEP
269
EXERCISE 52 PROJECT
275
Converting a Shapefile to a Geodatabase Feature Class
282
Making the Feature Class That Will Be Digitized into
288
Making Multipart Polygons
291
EXERCISE 66 REVIEW
366
Overlaying with Line and Point Feature Classes
373
EXERCISE 71 WARMUP
379
Extract
387
EXERCISE 75 PROJECT
392
EXERCISE 76 PROJECT
398
EXERCISE 79 PROJECT OPTIONAL
406
Spatial Analysis Based on Raster Data Processing
413
Proving Pythagoras Right
426
Drainage Delineation and Rainfall Volume
437
STEPBYSTEP
445
EXERCISE 82 PROJECT
451
Buffering with Spatial Analyst Maybe
457
EXERCISE 84 DEMONSTRATION
463
EXERCISE 85 PROJECT
467
Using Cost Distance to Make Direction and Allocation Grids
475
Building a Cost Surface
481
Numbering Each Stream Individually
487
OVERVIEW
493
Creating a Contour Map
506
OVERVIEW
519
STEPBYSTEP
531
OVERVIEW
547
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About the author (2009)

Michael Kennedy has been the music critic for the Sunday Telegraph since 1989. He has written numerous musical biographies, particularly of British composers and conductors, including A Portrait of Elgar (1986). His most recent book is a highly acclaimed study of Richard Strauss (Cambridge, 1999).

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