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The first single-project GIS textbook on the market, Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS (R) Pro Project Workbook is an excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based course that incorporates GIS across a wide range of disciplines. In this third edition, readers progress through nine lessons (35 exercises), using ArcGIS Pro software from Esri to find the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California.Each exercise offers step-by-step instructions, graphics to confirm exercise results, and explanations of key concepts. The book includes access to ArcGIS Desktop software, which includes ArcGIS Pro. Project data-real data, all of it updated-is downloadable from the book's resource web page.
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ForewordPrefaceLesson 1: Frame the problem and explore the study areaExercise 1a: Explore the study areaExercise 1b: Do exploratory data analysisLesson 2: Preview the dataExercise 2a: List the data requirementsExercise 2b: Examine the dataExercise 2c: Reframe the problem statementLesson 3: Choose the dataExercise 3a: Choose the datasetsExercise 3b: Choose a coordinate systemLesson 4: Build the databaseExercise 4a: Project a shapefileExercise 4b: Copy a feature classExercise 4c: Prepare the city and county dataExercise 4d: Prepare the river dataExercise 4e: Prepare the park dataExercise 4f: Prepare the block group dataExercise 4g: Prepare the parcel dataLesson 5: Edit the dataExercise 5a: Edit a featureExercise 5b: Create a new park featureLesson 6: Conduct the analysisExercise 6a: Establish proximity zonesExercise 6b: Apply demographic constraintsExercise 6c: Select suitable parcelsExercise 6d: Clean up the map and geodatabaseExercise 6e: Evaluate your resultsLesson 7: Automate the analysisExercise 7a: Set up the modelExercise 7b: Build the model (part 1)Exercise 7c Build the model (part 2)Exercise 7d: Run the model as a toolLesson 8: Present your analysis resultsExercise 8a: Create the main mapExercise 8b: Create a layout using the LA River and inset mapsExercise 8c: Finish the mapLesson 9: Share your results onlineAppendix A: Data and image creditsIndex

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David Smith is the spatial instruction manager of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. He specializes in innovative curriculum design using geospatial technology, with a primary focus on the adoption of spatial thinking and GIS across multiple disciplines. He also conducts periodic workshops on desktop and Web GIS, mobile mapping, GPS, and visualization applications.Nathan Stroutis the director of spatial technology for the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. Strout is a GIS educator, researcher, and developer with a passion for effective communication and decision-making through the use of geospatial technology and GIS. Christian Harder is a technology writer and information designer at Esri. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on GIS, including The ArcGIS BookThe ArcGIS Imagery Book (Esri Press, 2016). Dr. Steven Moore is the director of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. In that role, he oversees spatial research, instruction, fund development, and operational support activities.Tim Ormsby is a technical writer at Esri and has created and contributed to ArcGIS training courses for both the classroom and online learning. Ormsby coauthored Esri Press's best-selling workbook Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop (2010). Thomas Balstrom is an associate professor in geoinformatics at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has MSc and PhD degrees in physical geography focusing on GIS and land evaluations. Currently, his research is on storm water screening of urban and rural areas.

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