eBook Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science, 1st Edition

  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412953960
  • ISBN-13: 9781412953962
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 558 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released February 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008
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Geographic information science (GIScience) is an emerging field that combines aspects of many different disciplines. Spatial literacy is rapidly becoming recognized as a new, essential pier of basic education, alongside grammatical, logical and mathematical literacy. By incorporating location as an essential but often overlooked characteristic of what we seek to understand in the natural and built environment, geographic information science (GIScience) and systems (GISystems) provide the conceptual foundation and tools to explore this new frontier.

The Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science covers the essence of this exciting, new, and expanding field in an easily understood but richly detailed style. In addition to contributions from some of the best recognized scholars in GIScience, this volume contains contributions from experts in GIS' supporting disciplines who explore how their disciplinary perspectives are expanded within the context of GIScience--what changes when consideration of location is added, what complexities in analytical procedures are added when we consider objects in 2, 3 or even 4 dimensions, what can we gain by visualizing our analytical results on a map or 3D display?

Key Themes

  • Conceptual Foundations
  • Cartography and Visualization
  • Design Aspects
  • Data Manipulation
  • Data Modeling
  • Geocomputation
  • Geospatial Data
  • Societal Issues
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Organizational and Institutional Aspects


"this volume will serve most students and researchers as an excellent introduction to geographic information studies." --Lawrence Looks at Books, March 2008

— Lawrence Looks at Books