GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems

(Fourth Edition)



GIS Fundamentals

Author: Paul Bolstad

Format: eBook 688 pp

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-58390-244-8

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About the Book

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based tools for the entry, maintenance, and analysis of spatial data. GIS are critical for effective resource management, and have been applied across a wide range of science, business, and government endeavors This book provides an introduction to the theory and application of GIS. It is written for use in an introductory GIS class and as a reference for the GIS practitioner.

This fourth edition balances theoretical and applied material, so that students may apply knowledge of GIS in the solution of real-world problems. Topics treated include an introduction to GIS, spatial data models, map projections, data entry, image data, GPS, digital data, database systems in GIS, general spatial analysis, raster analysis, terrain modeling, metadata, standards, and accuracy assessments. Updates in the 4th edition include over 80 new pages, over 40 modified or new figures, and heavily updated sections on new datums, digital data, GNSS/GPS modernization, table selection and joins, simple spatial analysis, and terrain analysis.


About the Author

Paul Bolstad is a professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has 26 years of experience teaching, using, and researching GIS for industry, education, and government. His teaching focuses on spatial data collection and environmental analysis. Recent research has examined water and carbon cycling, and the development and application of remote sensing and spatial analysis to quantify vegetation structure and human landscape disturbances.


Table of Contents

1: Introduction

2: Data Models

3: Geodesy and Map Projections

4: Data Entry and Editing

5: Global Navigation Satellite Systems

6: Aerial and Satellite Images

7: Digital Data Sources

8: Tables and Relational Databases

9: Basic Spatial Analysis

10: Topics in Raster Analysis

11: Terrain Analysis

12: Interpolation and Spatial Estimation

13: Spatial Models

14: Data Standards and Quality

15: Future Trends