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Principles of Geographical Information Systems


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1. Geographical Information: Society, Science, and Systems ; 2. Data models and axioms: Formal abstractions of reality ; 3. Geographical Data in the Computer ; 4. Data input, verification, storage and output ; 5. Creating continuous surfaces from point data ; 6. Optimal interpolation using geostatistics ; 7. The analysis of discrete entities in space ; 8. Spatial analysis using continuous fields ; 9. Errors and quality control ; 10. Error propagation in numerical modelling ; 11. Fuzzy sets and fuzzy geographical objects ; 12. Current issues and trends in GIS ; APPENDIX 1 GLOSSARY OF TERMS ; APPENDIX 2 A SELECTION OF WORLD WIDE WEB GEOGRAPHY AND GIS SERVERS ; APPENDIX 3 EXAMPLE DATA SETS

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Peter Burrough is Professor of Physical Geography, Utrecht University Rachael McDonnell is College Lecturer at Hertford College, University of Oxford


[This second edition] builds upon the previous work in providing a very welcome basic, concise and more up to date introduction to the principles underlying GISs ... a osund and readable introduction to a complex subject. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v. 9 no. 3, 2000 Choosing a course text in the early post-GIS years was very easy. Peter Burrough's Principles of geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment was the definitive work. Beautifully written and illustrated...Peter Burrough set himself a hard act to follow...In almost every respect this is a new book, and not the second edition it purports to be...So, this is a rarity in textbook publishing a second edition that improves on the first. It looks set to be my recommended course text for many years to come./David Unwin/GIS Europe June 1998. This book presents a strong theoritical basis for GIS, which is often lacking in other texts...the optimising of timber extraction from forests and the redistribution of Chernobyl radioactivity by floods are explained clearly in detail./Mapping Awareness April 1998 This new publication is up to date and provides comprehensive coverage of virtually all aspects of GIS. It is clearly written and technical where appropriate ... it should be recommended for postgraduate courses and for all teachers of GIS. David Walker, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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