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A word to characterise this book is simplicity. The fact that the book presents more than eighty GIS problems (and their solutions) is a definite plus for lecturers and self-learnersOverall, this book is a good addition to the library of GIS beginners, lecturers at undergraduate level and professionals working in natural sciences who are interested in learning very basic GIS tools for spatial analysis. It covers in a very simple way, with minimal text and profuse use of graphics and tables, the basic topics related to point, line, polygon and grid analysis

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David Verbyla is Associate Professor of GIS/Remote Sensing in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Alaska. He has taught GIS workshops and universoty courses at a number of universities across North America.

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HASH(0x8a244894) out of 5 stars Practical GIS 22 Oct. 2003
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Format: Hardcover
This books is good if you want to understand
how GIS works (what goes on conceptually
behind the buttons and toolbars).
I found the chapters on dynamic segmentation
and network analysis to be really good at
explaining how routes, sections and events
are linked together, how address geocoding,
optimal routing, and resource allocation work
in a GIS.
The chapter on image analysis was good if you
have limited background in imagery: contrast
enhancement, image rectification, supervised
and unsupervised classification, accuracy assessment,etc.
Although the chapter on "Saving time in GIS Analysis"
is primarily command line arc/info examples, some
of the concepts such as good documentation files,
and "assume your GIS lies" are good ideas.
The book uses examples primarily from arc/info
commands and has nothing about geodatabases, spatial
database engines, map coordinates or projections or datums,
etc. The book's value is in explaining how GIS works
from a conceptual level, with good exercises and solutions
for each chapter. I wish it were soft-cover and about half
the price.
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