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Understanding GIS

An ArcGIS Pro Project Workbook

Third Edition

David Smith (author) Nathan Strout (author)
Christian Harder (author)
Seven Moore (author)
Tim Ormsby (author)
Thomas Balstrøm (author)

ISBN: 9781589484832

Publication Date: Sep 2017

Format: Paperback

An excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based course that incorporates GIS across a wide range of disciplines. In this third edition, readers progress through nine lessons (35 exercises), using ArcGIS Pro software from Esri to find the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California.
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The first single-project GIS textbook on the market, Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS® Pro Project Workbook is an excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based course that incorporates GIS across a wide range of disciplines. In this third edition, readers progress through nine lessons (35 exercises), using ArcGIS Pro software from Esri to find the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California.

Each exercise offers step-by-step instructions, graphics to confirm exercise results, and explanations of key concepts. The book includes access to ArcGIS Desktop software, which includes ArcGIS Pro. Project data-real data, all of it updated-is downloadable from the book's resource web page.
Illustrations 567 illustrations
Pages 360
Dimensions 244 x 201
Date Published 30 Sep 2017
Publisher Esri Press
Subject/s Urban & municipal planning   Geographical information systems (GIS) & remote sensing   Environmental management  
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Lesson 1: Frame the problem and explore the study area
  • Exercise 1a: Explore the study area
  • Exercise 1b: Do exploratory data analysis
  • Lesson 2: Preview the data
  • Exercise 2a: List the data requirements
  • Exercise 2b: Examine the data
  • Exercise 2c: Reframe the problem statement
  • Lesson 3: Choose the data
  • Exercise 3a: Choose the datasets
  • Exercise 3b: Choose a coordinate system
  • Lesson 4: Build the database
  • Exercise 4a: Project a shapefile
  • Exercise 4b: Copy a feature class
  • Exercise 4c: Prepare the city and county data
  • Exercise 4d: Prepare the river data
  • Exercise 4e: Prepare the park data
  • Exercise 4f: Prepare the block group data
  • Exercise 4g: Prepare the parcel data
  • Lesson 5: Edit the data
  • Exercise 5a: Edit a feature
  • Exercise 5b: Create a new park feature
  • Lesson 6: Conduct the analysis
  • Exercise 6a: Establish proximity zones
  • Exercise 6b: Apply demographic constraints
  • Exercise 6c: Select suitable parcels
  • Exercise 6d: Clean up the map and geodatabase
  • Exercise 6e: Evaluate your results
  • Lesson 7: Automate the analysis
  • Exercise 7a: Set up the model
  • Exercise 7b: Build the model (part 1)
  • Exercise 7c Build the model (part 2)
  • Exercise 7d: Run the model as a tool
  • Lesson 8: Present your analysis results
  • Exercise 8a: Create the main map
  • Exercise 8b: Create a layout using the LA River and inset maps
  • Exercise 8c: Finish the map
  • Lesson 9: Share your results online
  • Appendix A: Data and image credits
  • Index
David Smith is the spatial instruction manager of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. He specializes in innovative curriculum design using geospatial technology, with a primary focus on the adoption of spatial thinking and GIS across multiple disciplines. He also conducts periodic workshops on desktop and Web GIS, mobile mapping, GPS, and visualization applications.

Nathan Stroutis the director of spatial technology for the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. Strout is a GIS educator, researcher, and developer with a passion for effective communication and decision-making through the use of geospatial technology and GIS.

Christian Harder is a technology writer and information designer at Esri. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on GIS, including The ArcGIS BookThe ArcGIS Imagery Book (Esri Press, 2016).

Dr. Steven Moore is the director of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. In that role, he oversees spatial research, instruction, fund development, and operational support activities.

Tim Ormsby is a technical writer at Esri and has created and contributed to ArcGIS training courses for both the classroom and online learning. Ormsby coauthored Esri Press's best-selling workbook Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop (2010).

Thomas Balstrøm is an associate professor in geoinformatics at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has MSc and PhD degrees in physical geography focusing on GIS and land evaluations. Currently, his research is on storm water screening of urban and rural areas.

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