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Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS

Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS

September 2007 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Albrecht's slim volume is an important contribution to users and teachers of geographic information systems. It is a distillation of the core functions available in contemporary workstation GIS systems, functions likely to become common on Web mapping systems like Google Earth and MS Virtual Earth. Well written and up-to-date, this book is an excellent complement to the voluminous documentation provided by software and solutions vendors."


Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS is a concise overview of the fundamental ideas that inform Geographic Information Science. It provides detailed descriptions of the concepts and techniques that anyone using GIS software must fully understand to analyze spatial data.

Short and clearly focused chapters provide explanations of:
  • Spatial relationships and spatial data
  • The creation of digital data, the use and access of existing data, and the combination of data
  • The use of modeling techniques and the essential functions of map algebra
  • Spatial statistics and spatial analysis
  • Geocomputation – including discussion of neural networks, cellular automata, and agent-based modeling

Illustrated throughout with explanatory figures, the text also includes a glossary, cross referenced to discussion in the text. Written very much from a user's perspective, Key Concepts and Techniques in GIS is highly readable "refresher course" for intermediate level students and practitioners of GIS in the social and the natural sciences.  

Creating Digital Data
Accessing Existing Data
Handling Uncertainty
Spatial Search
Spatial Relationships
Combining Spatial Data
Map Algebra
Terrain Modeling
Spatial Statistics
Four-dimensional Modeling


This book provides a good overview on GIS techniques. Students appreciate the well explained concepts. It's a supplementaly literature that will help students in Spring 2011 to enrich their case studies by considering GIS techniques within their research.

Mrs Yvonne Franz
Department of Geography, University of Vienna
November 12, 2010

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