The Third Edition of this bestselling textbook has been fully revised and updated to include the latest developments in the field and still retains its accessible format to appeal to a broad range of students.
Now divided into five clear sections the book investigates the unique, complex and difficult problems that are posed by geographic information and together they build into a holistic understanding of the key principles of GIS.
This is the most current, authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the field, that goes from fundamental principles to the big picture of: * GIS and the New World Order * security, health and well-being * digital differentiation in GIS consumption * the core organizing role of GIS in Geography * the greening of GIS * grand challenges of GIScience * science and explanation
Key features: * Four-colour throughout * Associated website with free online resources * Teacher s manual available for lecturers * A complete learning resource, with accompanying instructor links, free online lab resources and personal syllabi * Includes learning objectives and review boxes throughout each chapter
New in this edition: * Completely revised with a new five part structure: Foundations; Principles; Techniques; Analysis; Management and Policy * All new personality boxes of current GIS practitioners * New chapters on Distributed GIS, Map Production, Geovisualization, Modeling, and Managing GIS