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 analyse spatial data. Short and clearly focussed chapters provide explanations of:
spatial relationships and spatial data
the creation of digital data, the use and access of existing data, the combination of data
the use of modelling techniques and the essential functions of map algebra
spatial statistics and spatial analysis
geocomputation - including discussion of neural networks, cellular automata, and agent-based modelling
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.
Jochen Albrecht is Associate Professor, Deputy Department Chair, and GIS Certificate Adviser in the Department of Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York