Geographic Information Systems and Science

By: Paul A. Longley, Mike Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind

Geographic Information Systems and Science

3rd edition, published by Wiley

This book is intended for: introductory GIS class, advanced GIS class

Academic levels: more experienced undergrad students,graduate students

Nature of this book: General text book, no additional lab activities


This very comprehensive GIS textbook has become a contemporary classic for its thoroughness and reliability. It aims to explain the geographic information science that underlies spatial analysis and the effective use of GIS as a tool, and its well-known authors have the GIScience background to do this with authority.  Rich with examples and figures, and much discussion of GIS application areas.  Often too much content for an introductory undergrad class, especially when it’s not aimed towards geography majors. Available as an e-book too.

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