Geography and Technology

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 31, 2004 - History - 613 pages
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It is particularly appropriate that the AAG's Centennial Celebration should prompt the publication of a volume devoted to Geography and Technology. New technologies have always been important in advancing geographic understanding, but never have they been so thoroughly and rapidly transformative of the discipline as at this stage in geography's evolution. Just as new technologies have profoundly expanded both research possibilities and the knowledge base of other disciplines, such as biology, physics or medicine, so too are the revolutionary new geographic technologies developed during the past few decades extending frontiers in geographic research, education and applications. They are also creating new and resurgent roles for geography in both society and in the university. This trend is still accelerating, as the integration of geographic technologies, such as the global positioning system and geographic information systems (GPS/GIS), is creating an explosion of new "real-time, real-world" applications and research capabilities. The resultant dynamic space/time interactive research and management environments created by interactive GPS/GIS, among other technologies, places geography squarely at the forefront of advanced multidisciplinary research and modeling programs, and has created core organization management tools (geographic management systems) which will dramatically change the way governments and businesses work in the decades ahead. While these and other important geographic technologies, including remote sensing, location-based services, and many others addressed in this book, are forging new opportunities for geography and geographers, they also pose challenges.
 

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Contents

Geography and Technology
3
Communications Technology and the Production
17
Federal Funding Geographic Research and Geographic
37
From Automated Geography
81
Remote Sensing of Selected Biophysical Variables
109
Information Communication and Place
155
Geography
179
Continuity and Change
201
Democracy and Technology
339
Technologies Applied to Public Health
363
Real Bodies Real Technologies
383
Geotechnology the U S Military and
401
Earth Pulses in Direct Current
431
The Impact of Technology Upon In Situ Atmospheric Observations
461
PopulationEnvironment Interactions with an Emphasis
491
Capacity Building and Geographic Information Technologies
521

The Camera and Geographical Inquiry
221
Film Networks and the Places of Technology
243
Motor Vehicles on the American Landscape
267
Air Transport Technology and Society
285
Geography of the 24Hour Global
315
Vulnerability Risk
547
The Worlds Before
573
Why Technology? Narratives of Science and the Bewitchment
589
Index
603
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Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute Department of Geography University of South Carolina, Columbia

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