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Science Geography

Geographic Information Systems and Science

A Concise Handbook of Spatial Data Handling, Representation, and Computation

by (author) Steven A. Roberts & Colin Robertson

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2016
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    Aug 2016
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Adopting a critical approach and highlighting many of the common research challenges of the field, this text helps students understand how GIS enables the digital representation of Earth's forms, patterns, and processes. Designed for users already familiar with GIS, this concise handbook invites students to think broadly about the assumptions embedded in GIS practice today.

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Contributor Notes

Steven A. Roberts is associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Director of the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography.

Colin Robertson is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Editorial Reviews

"The uniqueness of the book seems to be its more in-depth computational focus, as compared to most introductory GIS texts. . . . To me, the most valuable sections...are the ones marked 'Advanced'. The advanced chapter on Error and Uncertainty is particularly welcome as this topic is often poorly handled in other texts." --Janet E. Mersey, University of Guelph


"I very much appreciate the proposed appendices; the topics are elements that practitioners return to regularly. Having these reference pages will make looking up such information fast and simple." --Tarmo Remmel, York University

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