This textbook is suitable for the first course on Introductory Geographic Information Systems taught at any level in both two- and four-year colleges and universities.
Essentials of Geographic Information Systems integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications. Recognizing that many potential geographic information system users are non-specialists or may only need a few maps, this book is designed to be accessible, pragmatic, and concise. This textbook illustrates how geographic information systems are used to ask questions, inform choices, and guide policy. From the melting of the polar ice caps to privacy issues associated with mapping, this book provides an accessible, yet substantive, introduction to the use and application of digital maps, mapping, and geographic information systems.
New in This Version
- New overviews of emerging web mapping technologies and advancements in geographic data acquisition technologies, including drone mapping, mobile data gathering, georeferencing, and UAV photography and photogrammetry
- Updates throughout reflect state-of-the-art geospatial technology
- Completely updated and refreshed visual program
- All maps are updated to reflect current data, including several maps in Section 4.4 that incorporate 2020 U.S. Census data
- More than forty new video links that extend learning and stimulate engagement are listed at the end of each chapter of the instructor’s manual and are available as a separate list
- Updated discussion of “PMBOK Project Management Knowledge Areas” in Section 10.1 incorporates content on the newly added “project stakeholder management” category in the 2021 release of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Seventh Edition (PMBOK® Guide)
- FlatWorld Homework is included for the first time with Version 3.0