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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027372259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273722595
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The fourth edition of this highly regarded and successful text continues to provide a clear and accessible introduction to the world of GIS for students and professionals. Focusing on the practical applications of GIS, this book features a wealth of multi-disciplinary case studies and examples of GIS in practice, demonstrating how it is used worldwide and within a variety of different industries.

The new edition has been substantially revised and updated to include coverage of the latest advances in GIS technology and applications (particularly web based and mobile applications) and to provide pointers to recent research and publications.

Features

  • A striking full-colour design enriches the photographs, maps, diagrams, and screenshots to provide a highly visual illustration of GIS output and applications.
  • A selection of international case studies written by specialists and practitioners provides a detailed picture of how GIS is used across a variety of different disciplines and industries.
  • Practice boxes demonstrate how GIS tools and techniques are applied in the real world across a range of sectors including business, environmental management, tourism and planning.
  • Theory boxes provide consolidation of important issues and concepts.
  • Reflection boxes, included at the end of each main section, enable you to check your progress and further explore the key issues.
  • A range of useful revision material at the end of each chapter includes questions, text and web-based activities and a guide to further reading.
  • A dedicated website includes:
    --Activities and revision questions for self-study or discussion
    --Multiple choice questions to test understanding
    --Web links for further investigation
    --Datasets offering practice opportunities

An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems is suitable for students of Geographical Information studies at all levels, from undergraduate to professionals retraining in GIS.

About the authors

Ian Heywood is a freelance consultant and Director of the Ideas Academy Ltd. Previously he was Director of Director of Growing Business and Skills for Scottish Enterprise Grampian, and has also been Director of Open and Distance Learning for Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a Senior Lecturer in GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sarah Cornelius is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, specializing in adult and online learning. She was previously an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and taught GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Free University of Amsterdam.

Steve Carver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Leeds where he is Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes including Leeds’ successful MSc in GIS. Steve is also Director of the Wildland Research Institute. He has 25 years experience with GIS application, development and training.

Additional student support at www.pearsoned.co.uk/heywood.

 

 

About the Author

Ian Heywood, previously Director of Director of Growing Business and Skills for Scottish Enterprise Grampian, Director of Open and Distance Learning for RobertGordonUniversity, Aberdeen, and a Senior Lecturer in GIS at ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, is now a freelance consultant and Director of the Ideas Academy Ltd.

Sarah Cornelius is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, specializing in adult and online learning. She was previously an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and has taught GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Free University of Amsterdam.

Steve Carver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the MA in GIS and MSc in GIS.


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A well written text that is highly accessible to both the reader who has no previous knowledge in GIS, and the reader who wishes to consolidate and extend their knowledge. Littered with extensive examples on the key concepts and applications of GIS, each chapter is clearly written and provides an intelligent synopsis on the area in question. Illustrations, graphics and the glossary supplement the text, aiding in understanding for the unknowledgable reader; whilst references and suggestions for further study at the end of each chapter provide the more informed reader with opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge in specific areas. An essential book for anyone who wishes to learn, or further their knowledge on GIS.
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This book introduces the basic principles of GIS from the perspective of a new user. Topics are covered with enough depth so that the book will also be beneficial to longer-term users. The writing style, graphics and case studies are presented in a simple and easy to read format. The book could be used as a text for a course or read by anyone interested in learning the fundamentals behind GIS technology. There is also a web site for the book that will allow readers access to current trends in GIS and URLs for case studies.
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I bought this to supplement my final year Geography degree. It was a core text in the GIS course and for good reason. It described processes and also, examples and case studies of how they're applied!

In short - a superb, well written entry level text.
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If you're a GIS student/user looking for an easy reference book about GIS theory, you'll need only this one and nothing else. I reccomend it to my students in GIS courses, because it's easy and enjoyable to read from cover to cover as well. It is astonishing how more advanced GIS tasks are presented briefly but exhaustively.
The book is perfect also for self-taught GIS users, that after using GIS for a while need to strenghten their theory background and order the lessons learnt through practice.
Good graphs and tables, straight and clear organization of arguments and examples, useful questions and reflection inputs at the end of each chapter, good suggestions and web links for further study.
Highly recommended.
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My expectations on buying this book was to receive a good overview of GIS and and what to expect as a creator / user. To be fair each area is identified but the descriptions lacked depth and are a little verbose with a lot of space is taken with examples. If you are after a book that starts to engage you with the detail of designing or seriously using GIS this may not be the one for you. If you want an overview with examples of applications, and to be made aware of the key words & jargon, I think this will meet your requirements.
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Even for me - a drone developer - this book has a lot to offer. I initially chose it to provide me with a background knowledge for one of the purposes of our product. Having "flicked" through it I became fascinated and it became a bedside companion for a week or two. A fascinating subject for a layman; for the student, or tyro, it might be essential...
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A well written text that is highly accessible to both the reader who has no previous knowledge in GIS, and the reader who wishes to consolidate and extend their knowledge. Littered with extensive examples on the key concepts and applications of GIS, each chapter is clearly written and provides an intelligent synopsis on the area in question. Illustrations, graphics and the glossary supplement the text, aiding in understanding for the unknowledgable reader; whilst references and suggestions for further study at the end of each chapter provide the more informed reader with opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge in specific areas. An essential book for anyone who wishes to learn, or further their knowledge on GIS.
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This is an excellent book. It explains GIS step by step clearly. And I love the further studies section. It has section of review questions which help me to review what i learned, and it also provides very useful web links where i can get more information (case study material, GIS software and so on)! I think this book is good for both beginners and those who have already some knowledge about GIS.
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