Essentials of Geographic Information Systems

Want to extract data from maps in minutes? So many questions about our world can be answered with geographic information systems, or GIS. Essentials of Geographic Information Systems breaks down this extremely useful technology in simple terms for professionals in any field who need an informative map.

Essentials of Geographic Information Systems

There’s a multitude of ways that geographic information systems, or GIS, can be used in the professional world. But, not all professionals know the ins-and-outs of computer programming for map creation and data collection. That’s OK because Essentials of Geographic Information Systems puts GIS into the simplest terms so that, no matter your occupation, you can implement maps into your work in no time. For example, maps can be used in the fields of commerce, marketing, social services, and more. The textbook provides the example of influencing policy by using well-informed geographic visuals and data to back up arguments. Geographic information is powerful, and this book will show you how to find it, display it, and interpret it.

Essentials of Geographic Information Systems teaches real-world applications before introducing the technology behind it. Therefore, readers will engage with the material and apply it to their own work. Then, they’ll learn the technical skills of GIS. The textbook includes chapters on map anatomy, data models, where to find data, geospatial data management and analyses, data characteristics and visualizations, cartographic principles, and GIS project management. Plus, readers can turn to the many diagrams and visual examples for reference throughout the entire book.

About the Authors of Essentials of Geographic Information Systems

Jonathan E. Campbell is a geographic information systems analyst and biologist at ENVIRON, a consulting agency that helps clients manage environmental, health, and safety issues, as well as meeting sustainability goals. He primarily uses GIS to implement environmental policies. In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in geography from UCLA, and he teaches GIS and physical geography courses at UCLA and Santa Monica College.

Michael Shin is the director of the professional certificate program in Geospatial Information Systems and Technology at UCLA. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado and teaches multiple geographic information system courses at UCLA. He has also worked with the United Nations’s Food and Agricultural Organization to study global food insecurity with GIS.

Publisher: Saylor Foundation
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