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Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach, Second Edition

By Richard P. Greene and James B. Pick
Buy it now.The first edition of this text was published in 2005. Like that edition, this second edition of Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach uses GIS as a tool for understanding urban geography and how it changes over time. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps, and diagrams, topics covered in this edition reflect developments in the study of urban geography and incorporate current events, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and the crisis in US housing. More international coverage is supplied, with examples from China, Japan, India, and Africa. Exercises, updated for ArcGIS 10, and other companion study materials are available online by subscription. Prentice Hall, 2011, 432 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0321751591

Spatial Statistics: Geospatial Information Modeling and Thematic Mapping

By Mohammed A. Kalkhan
Buy it now.Based on a workshop the author conducted on the integration of geospatial information and spatial statistics, Spatial Statistics: Geospatial Information Modeling and Thematic Mapping does not require advanced knowledge of geospatial information sciences or quantitative methods. After providing a brief review of the types of data supplied by remote sensing, GIS, and GPS, the book explores recognizing and understanding spatial patterns and correlation statistics. It also covers geospatial analysis and modeling. The methods covered include stepwise regression, ordinary least squares (OLS), variogram, kriging, spatial auto-regression, binary classification trees, and cokriging. Finally, Spatial Statistics explains how to use R statistical software for statistical analyses, case studies, and geospatial statistical model development. The book includes practical examples and laboratory exercises using ArcGIS and other popular software for geospatial modeling. The author has more than 20 years in research and teaching at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is a member of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). His main interests are in the integration of field data, remote sensing, and GIS with geospatial statistics. CRC Press, 2011, 184 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1420069761

Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, Second Edition

By John Krygier and Denis Wood
Buy it now.This book has two basic premises: mapmaking is all about communicating a message, and it is challenging. This conceptual discussion of mapmaking starts with a basic question that is often omitted: Do you really need a map? The authors explore various aspects of mapmaking using a series of questions: Is a map the best solution? Should you, could you, map this topic? What will be the map medium? Has your map been reviewed by experts? Successful mapmaking also requires an understanding of the data and an appreciation of its reliability, accuracy, and ownership. Projections of frogs and nudes are among the illustrations used to demonstrate the difficulties associated with map projections. For those new to mapmaking, this book provides a good introduction to the topic. For those familiar with mapmaking, it can inspire them to improve their maps. The Guilford Press, 2011, 256 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1609181666

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