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Three New Esri Press Books Cover a Variety of Topics

Community Geography: GIS in Action
Available Spring 2003

Community Geography coverCommunity Geography: GIS in Action, edited by Kim Zanelli English and Laura S. Feaster, encourages readers, whether students or active citizens, to seek out and study important issues and problems facing their towns and communities.

Seven case studies describe innovative community GIS projects undertaken by students, teachers, and community partners in the United States and Canada. The case studies include issues that matter, such as tracking point source pollution, creating citywide tree inventories, and monitoring criminal activity near schools. This new book breathes life into the maxim: "think globally, act locally."

Each case study is followed by a practical step-by-step exercise that incorporates spatial thinking, GIS software tools, methods, and data from the case study project. Software exercises require ArcView 3.x software, and a data CD is included with the book. The 260-page book retails for $24.95.

Community Geography: GIS in Action Teacher's Guide, by Lyn Malone, Anita M. Palmer, and Christine L. Voigt, is a companion text that provides the "how-to" for teachers using the main book in their classrooms. The guide retails for $9.95.

Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook

Confronting Catastrophe coverConfronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook, by R.W. Greene, is a hands-on manual for GIS practitioners and decision makers alike whose communities face the threat of large-scale disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and, now, terrorist attacks. The book shows how data for an affected geographic area--and speedy access to that data--becomes vitally important in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Be it a natural or man-made situation, information of a wildly diverse nature--languages spoken in a neighborhood, the elevation of railroad tracks, the number of large concrete-slab buildings in a particular area, the location and size of electrical substations--is critically important. Digital maps and spatial analysis of the kind produced by GIS offer a common template on which varied data can be quickly placed, measured, and analyzed-resulting in more well-informed decisions. Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook is 156 pages and priced at $14.95.

Cartographica Extraordinaire: The Historical Map Transformed, Works from the David Rumsey Collection

Cartographica Extraordinaire coverScheduled for publication early in 2003 will be the groundbreaking and visually stunning Cartographica Extraordinaire: The Historical Map Transformed, Works from the David Rumsey Collection. This important new work by noted map collector David Rumsey and Esri Press cartographic editor Edith M. Punt is the latest large format, hardcover atlas published by Esri Press.

Featuring both originals from the extensive David Rumsey Historical Map Collection and digitally transformed and GIS-enhanced maps, this new volume is equal parts historical reference and GIS showcase. Rumsey's massive collection focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century North and South America maps, globes, and atlases. Cartographica Extraordinaire is 120 pages and priced at $79.95.

Esri Press publishes award-winning books about GIS applications, methods, and technology. Books can be purchased directly from Esri at 1-800-447-9778, online at the Esri Store (, or at bookstores worldwide. You can also browse a complete collection of Esri Press and third party books at the Esri Store or visit to request a printed bookstore catalog.

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