Recent economic events have plunged governments into the center of changing economic circumstances that require efficient and effective decision making. These challenges have become even more critical just as this book was released. Governments worldwide at all levels from local to national are increasingly finding that they are being called upon to initiate and participate more closely with other government agencies and private industry at the same time. To expedite growth and implement effective planning GIS can play a central role.
Map Use: Reading and Analysis is about reading maps. The book is oriented toward helping people to understand how maps work and can be used to communicate. Where other cartographic books often describe techniques alone, this book provides explanations on how different map techniques are being used. That process ensures that readers begin to think not only about creating maps, but what a map can be used for and how it can help other people to understand. V1 Magazine editor Jeff Thurston reviews the book and provides a summary.
Geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) are often used in urban development and urban sprawl applications. This book is written with a view to inform readers about this relationship through an analysis of land use change and development. The infrastructure of the study region is also assessed. Author Manishika Jain studies the Udaipur region in India and his in depth investigation of urban sprawl and development benefits from the application of GIS and remote sensing technologies, serving to help guide future work in this area by others.
Transportation networks are highly spatial in nature and dependent upon a high level of planning in their design, operation and maintenance. Accordingly, they are well suited to geographical information systems (GIS) tools. While we tend to think of transport networks in a continuous fashion, primarily to get us from Point A to Point B, these networks are, in practice, made up of smaller segments, many of which are managed independently or in integrated fashion. J. Allison Butler provides readers with in depth knowledge about these networks and how they can be designed, planned and operated through the use of GIS tools.