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Introduction to Geospatial Technologies

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-12-20
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Written for majors and non-majors alike, Introduction to Geospatial Technologies demonstrates the wide range of geographic technologies available to and used by geographers today. Each chapter contains an introduction to the key concepts and a lab activity, so that in addition to gaining a basic foundation of knowledge, students also obtain hands-on experience with the relevant software.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Geospatial Data and GPS
1. It’s a Geospatial World Out There

  • What Is Geospatial Technology?

  • Who Uses Geospatial Technology?

  • What Is Geospatial Data?

  • What Does All This Have to Do with Geography?

  • What Is Geolocation?

  • What Is Google Earth?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 1.1: Introduction to Geospatial Concepts and Google Earth Pro


2. Where in the Geospatial World Are You?

  • What Is a Datum?

  • What Is a Geographic Coordinate System?

  • How Can Real-World Data Be Translated onto a Two-Dimensional Surface?

  • What Is UTM?

  • What Is SPCS?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 2.1: Coordinates and Position Measurements

3. Getting Your Data to Match the Map

  • How Can You Align Different Geospatial Datasets to Work Together?

  • What Is Georeferencing?

  • How Can Data Be Georeferenced?

  • How Is Data Transformed to a Georeferenced Format?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 3.1: Georeferencing an Image

4. Finding Your Location with the Global Positioning System

  • Who Made GPS?

  • What Does the Global Positioning System Consist Of?

  • How Does GPS Find Your Position?

  • Why Isn’t GPS Perfectly Accurate?

  • How Can You Get Better Accuracy from GPS?

  • What Other GNSS Are There Beyond GPS?

  • What Are Some Applications of GPS?


Part 2 Geographic Information Systems
5. Working with Digital Geospatial Data and GIS

  • How Does GIS Represent Real-World Items?

  • How Can You Represent the Real World as Continuous Fields?

  • How Is Non-Spatial Data Handled by GIS?

  • What Other Kind of Information Do You Need to Use GIS Data?

  • What Kinds of GIS Are Available?


  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 5.2 GIS Introduction: ArcGIS Pro Version

6. Using GIS for Spatial Analysis

  • How Can Data Be Retrieved from a GIS for Analysis?

  • How Can You Perform Basic Spatial Analysis in GIS?

  • How Can Multiple Types of Spatial Analysis Operations Be Performed in GIS?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 6.1: GIS Spatial Analysis: QGIS Version

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 6.2:  GIS Spatial Analysis: ArcGIS Pro Version

 7. Using GIS to Make a Map

  • How Does the Scale of the Data Affect the Map (and Vice Versa)?

  • What Are Some Design Elements Included in Maps?

  • How Is Data Displayed on a GIS Map?

  • What Kinds of Colors Are Best to Use with GIS Maps?

  • How Can GIS Maps Be Exported and Distributed?


  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 7.2 – GIS Layouts: ArcGIS Pro Version

8. Getting There Quicker with Geospatial Technology

  • How Do You Model a Network for Geospatial Technology?

  • How Is Address Matching Performed?

  • How Are Shortest Paths Found?

  • How Are Networks Used in Geospatial Technology?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 8.1 – Geocoding and Shortest Path Analysis

Part 3 Remote Sensing
9. Remotely Sensed Images from Above

  • How Did Aircraft Photography Develop?

  • What Are Unmanned Aircraft Systems?

  • What Are the Different Types of Aerial Photos?

  • How Can You Interpret Objects in an Aerial Image?

  • How Can You Make Measurements from an Aerial Photo?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 9.1 – Visual Imagery Interpretation

10. How Remote Sensing Works

  • What Is Remote Sensing Actually Sensing?

  • What Is the Role of the Atmosphere in Remote Sensing?

  • What Happens to Energy When It Hits a Target on the Ground?

  • How Can Spectral Reflectance Be Used in Remote Sensing?

  • How Do You Display a Digital Remotely Sensed Image?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 10.1 – Remotely sensed Imagery and Color Composites

11. Images from Space

  • How Do Remote Sensing Satellites Collect Data?

  • What Are the Capabilities of a Satellite Sensor?

  • What Is a Landsat Satellite, and What Does It Do?

  • What Satellites Have High-Resolution Sensors?

  • How Can Satellites Be Used for Monitoring the Earth?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 11.1 – Landsat 8 Imagery

12. Studying Earth’s Climate and Environment from Space

  • What Satellites and Sensors Are Used for Studying Climate and the Environment?

  • How Is Environmental Monitoring Performed Using Remote Sensing?

  • How Do Satellites Take Earth’s Temperature?

  • How Do Satellites Monitor Earth’s Atmosphere and Air Quality?

  • How Do Satellites Monitor the Oceans and Water Quality?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 12.1 – Earth-Observing Missions Imagery

Part 4 Geospatial Applications
13. Digital Landscaping
14. See the World in 3D

  • How Can Terrain Be Represented on Topographic Maps?

  • How Can Geospatial Technology Represent a Digital Terrain Map?

  • What Is a DEM?

  • How Can Digital Terrain Models Be Utilized?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 13.1 – Digital Terrain Analysis

  • How Can Objects Be Modeled in 3D Using Geospatial Technology?

  • How Can Large Scale 3D Design Be Performed?

  • How Can You View Geospatial Data in Immersive 3D?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 14.1 – 3D Modeling and Visualization

15. Life in the Geospatial Cloud and Other Current Developments

  • What Is ArcGIS Online

  • Who Is Involved with Geospatial Technology?

  • How Is Geospatial Technology Used in K–12 Educational Efforts?

  • What Types of Educational Opportunities Are Available with Geospatial Technology?

  • GEOSPATIAL LAB APPLICATION 15.1 – Creating Web Maps and Web Apps With ArcGIS Online

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