Esri Press Reissues Seminal Book on Cartographic Modeling

October 8, 2012

GIS and Cartographic Modeling explains the application of map algebra.

Redlands, California—Esri Press is honored to republish C. Dana Tomlin's foundational text, Geographic Information Systems and Cartographic Modeling, originally printed in 1990. The book has been revised and reissued under the title GIS and Cartographic Modeling. It includes updated illustrations and important new material.

In this book, Tomlin introduced map algebra, which he originally developed in the early 1980s and is still used today. Map algebra is a system of mathematical operations and analytical functions, used within a geographic information system (GIS), to combine existing map layers (or themes) in the creation of new ones.

"Cartographic modeling is a game of only several pieces and a few basic rules but unlimited possibilities," writes Tomlin in the book's preface. "It is also a game that generally requires no previous experience in computer programming, advanced mathematics, or even formal cartography. What the game does require, however, is an eye for both spatial and logical structure. These pages are the result of a long-held interest that has always enjoyed much-appreciated support."

Tomlin is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Design and an adjunct professor of GIS at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is founder and codirector of Penn's Cartographic Modeling Laboratory. Tomlin is a recipient of the Perkins and Lindback awards for distinguished teaching.

Through its Classic series, Esri Press preserves important scholarship in the fields of GIS and cartography by republishing seminal texts that otherwise were no longer in print. Other books in this series include Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps by J. H. Lambert, Semiology of Graphics by Jacques Bertin, and The Look of Maps by Arthur H. Robinson.

GIS and Cartographic Modeling (ISBN: 978-1-58948-309-5, 204 pages, US$45.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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