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Regional and Urban GIS

This unique text shows students and professionals how geographic information systems (GIS) can guide decision making about complex community and environmental problems. The authors' step-by-step introduction to GIS-based decision analysis methods and techniques covers important urban and regional issues (land, transportation, and water resource management) and decision processes (planning, improvement programming, and implementation). Real-world case studies demonstrate how GIS-based decision support works in a variety of contexts, with a special focus on community and regional sustainability management. Ideal for course use, the book reinforces key concepts with end-of-chapter review questions; illustrations include 18 color plates.
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Table of Contents

I. Situating GIS-Based Decision Support 1. Introduction: Need for Geographic Information Systems in Decision Support 2. GIS in Decision Support Situations 3. GIS-Based Decision Support Methods and Workflow 4. GIS-Based Decision Situation Assessment II. Fundamentals of GIS Data and Analysis for Decision Support 5. Making Choices about Geospatial Database Development 6. Fundamentals of GIS-Based Data Analysis for Decision Support 7. Making Choices about GIS-Based Multicriteria Evaluation III. Planning, Programming, and Implementation Decision Cases 8. GIS Data Analysis for Planning Decision Support 9. A Case Study in Water Resource Planning Decision Support 10. GIS Data Analysis for Improvement Programming Decision Support 11. GIS Data Analysis for Improvement Project Implementation Decision Support IV. Using GIS for Integrated Decision Support 12. GIS-Based Integrated Analysis across Functional Themes 13. Linking Analyses across Decision Situation Processes V. Concluding Perspective 14. Perspectives on GIS and Sustainability Management

About the Author

Timothy L. Nyerges, Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and Piotr Jankowski, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA


"This is not another 'how to use GIS' book. It goes far beyond traditional descriptions of GIS concepts and techniques to demonstrate clearly and concretely the role that GIS can--and should--play in informing and improving public decision making. It provides case studies and fully worked-out examples illustrating the use of GIS in supporting sustainability planning, capital improvements programming, and project implementation in a wide range of policy areas. I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in using GIS as a decision support tool, and for use as a text in advanced GIS courses." - Richard E. Klosterman, President, What if?, Inc.; Department of Geography and Planning (Emeritus Professor), University of Akron, USA "This book fills a void. It weaves theory and practice together, presenting an integrated view of the concepts, tools, and techniques involved in using GIS for public decision support within an urban-regional context. Including strong pedagogical features, the value of the content is very high for students, academics, and practitioners. The text takes complex subject areas and puts them into a form that students can understand, grasp, and master. No course in applied GIS and participatory planning should be without this book." - Jacek Malczewski, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada "The book is remarkably thorough and systematic in its coverage of GIS-based techniques as decision support tools in spatial planning and management. Some of the material is quite advanced, but it is presented in an accessible manner and written with an emphasis on applications. This makes it suitable for both upper-division undergraduates and for graduate students and researchers in related areas. Well-chosen review questions at the end of each chapter address the key points and encourage critical thinking." - Helen Couclelis, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA "This book embodies a fundamental change in thinking about decision support and planning. Rather than focusing solely on the instruments, or means, of decision support, the book moves toward a more mature emphasis on the support function of the instruments. The whole trajectory of planning, programming, and project implementation is considered from an integrative perspective. The level of detail is valuable in showing how GIS can assist in this process." - Stan Geertman, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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