This text puts the high-tech field of geographic information systems within reach for students like you. It provides a basic, non-technical, and friendly introduction in one convenient source. It examines the basic GIS material that is traditionally found throughout the Geography curriculum—e.g., in Cartography, GIS spatial analysis, and quantitative methods. Clarke’s “learn-by-seeing” approach gives you clear, simple explanations, and an abundance of illustrations and photos.
Reverses the previous order in which advanced and specialist students of geography were introduced to the computer systems, and uses the systems to introduce new students to the discipline. Begins with the basics of cartography, geodesy, and geography on the assumption that students slept through their first exposure to them. Then looks at critical underlying issues in the field, and works toward developing critical thinking using the knowledge base and basic concepts in specific contexts. Many of the graphics in the 1997 edition have been replaced, and a new case study and new interview are added. Includes laboratory assignments. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.