An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

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Addison Wesley Longman, 1998 - Geographic information systems - 279 pages
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This authoratitive book offers an up-to-date introduction to the world of Geographical Information Systems. It is designed to be easy to use for students at all levels, from undergraduates to professionals retraining in GIS. The book focuses on the practical application of GIS, and considers how the technology works. Each chapter addresses a specific theme and is backed up with examples and directed reading. The glossary, index and suggestions for further study will help the reader to find all the information needed for getting to grips with the subject. Revision questions are provided at the end of each chaper to reinforce the concepts and issues introduced. The book has its own internet site providing supplementary material to the text. This book can be used to give the reader a quick tour through the world of GIS - to help the reader develop a thorough understanding of GIS or as a source of reference information.Key features* supplementary material is available from 'internet site address'* revision questions at the end of each chapter test understanding of key concepts and issues* recommended reading and suggestions for further study are included throughout* includes boxes for

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Contents

FUNDAMENTALS OF
9
Introduction
19
Thematic characteristics of spatial data
33
Further study
40
Spatial data models
46
Modelling surfaces
55
Modelling the third dimension
62
Data input and editing
83
133
193
143
199
146
215
159
222
Project management
228
Implementation problems
234
177
253
83
266

Data analysis
102
Analytical modelling in
129
from new maps to enhanced
146
The development of computer methods
163
Data quality issues
177
Glossary
267
85
277
182
278
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About the author (1998)

Andrew Heywood is Course Director for Politics and History at Orpington College.

Carver-University of Leeds

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