The summer 2006 lineup of new books from Esri Press is an ambitious and diverse selection of titles from Esri's publishing group. Featuring some of the world's leading GIS experts, the new books tackle topics across a wide range of applications and subject areas, establishing Esri Press as a leading publisher of GIS and cartography titles.
With A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systems, Esri editors Shelly Sommer and Tasha Wade bring a timely and invaluable resource to anyone who regularly encounters GIS terminology. With hundreds of color illustrations and clear definitions for more than 1,800 terms covering the entire GIS lexicon, it is the most comprehensive GIS dictionary to date. ISBN 1-58948-140-2, 276 pp., $24.95
There are many stories about the origins of GIS technology, but no matter which story you hear, if you probe a little bit, you will find a connection to the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. In Charting the Unknown: How Computer Mapping at Harvard Became GIS, author Nick Chrisman takes readers back more than four decades at the laboratory when a varied collection of planners, geographers, cartographers, mathematicians, computer scientists, artists, and people from many other fields converged to rethink thematic mapping, spatial analysis, and what we would today call GIS. ISBN 1-58948-118-6, 240 pp., $34.95
Complex environmental challenges increasingly demand sophisticated solutions. In GIS for Environmental Management, author Robert Scally outlines the ways that GIS is fulfilling humanity's need to better manage, protect, and preserve the environment. Case studies throughout the book showcase GIS solutions and balance GIS technology with the human element. Topics range from biodiversity and pollution to more specific subjects, such as coastal zone management and change detection. This reader-friendly text is suitable for nontechnical audiences and GIS professionals alike. ISBN 1-58948-142-9, 192 pp., $24.95
Designed as a comprehensive textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in urban and regional planning, GIS for the Urban Environment also serves as an introduction and self-study workbook for urban and regional planners. Authors Juliana Maantay and John Ziegler offer real-world planning case studies from the most urban of American environments, New York City. The book includes instructional material, written assignments, lab exercises, and data on CD-ROM. ISBN 1-58948-082-1, 600 pp., $79.95
GIS Tutorial for Health is a revolutionary new teaching tool designed for both self-study users and classroom students. Conceptual sections provide knowledge and principles on health care issues and underlying GIS methods. Step-by-step tutorials for carrying out GIS work in health care situations using ArcView 9 were developed by coauthors Kristen Kurland and Wilpen Gorr and tested at the GIS labs at Carnegie Mellon University. Students discover the many distinctive advantages of using GIS for planning and making health care policy by using a proven, hands-on approach that simulates how a GIS project would be developed in the real world. The case studies and steps for carrying out solutions will further spark GIS applications and provide templates for solutions in many health care organizations. The workbook includes a full working copy of ArcView software (good for 180 days from installation) and the sample data required to run the exercises. ISBN 1-58948-148-8, 376 pp., $69.95
Any urban planner knows that spatial thinking and analysis are essential for intelligent urban policy making. In Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis, author Ayse Pamuk applies GIS technology to new urban planning and policy challenges in global metropolitan regions, especially those where swift demographic transformations are primarily responsible for recent rapid growth. GIS analysis of high-quality international data on human settlements and U.S. census data on population and housing provides a powerful new perspective in addressing urban research and policy questions. ISBN 1-58948-143-7, 206 pp., $49.95
Educators around the world have discovered that GIS mapping software is a powerful tool for teaching and learning. Each case study in Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum describes how an experienced instructor has used GIS in the service of teaching students within the traditions of a classic undergraduate education. Coauthors Diana Stuart Sinton and Jennifer Lund describe how educators integrated mapping software into the learning goals of their discipline while striving to create a realistic learning environment in which students practice inquiry in their field. Chapters span the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. ISBN 1-58948-149-6, 312 pp., $49.95
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