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GIS for A-level geography

Peter O’Connor

  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 978-1-84377-210-1
  • Published: 2008

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NOTE: The software is only licensed for UK use ONLY, therefore will not be despatched to overseas customers.

‘...I think teachers anywhere will immediately find this a useful resource. I wish I had this book when I was starting out.’
Jeff Thurston, Co-founder of Vector1Media and Editor, for V1 Magazine

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are the most powerful set of tools in existence for the analysis and visualisation of spatial information, and GIS is central to the application of geography to real-world problem solving. Its growing importance is reflected in the recent A-level specifications, all of which include modules that revolve around teaching and understanding methods of geographical investigation. GIS for A-level geography, written specifically for secondary level education, offers A-level geography students an accessible introduction to industry-standard GIS.

Produced in collaboration with ESRI (UK), and including ArcView 9.2 software with a 12-month licence and NAVTEQ digital map data for England, Peter O’Connor’s new book is a complete guide to the theory and applications of GIS, with five practical exercises, described step-by-step.

The book describes how governments, organisations and individuals are using GIS to grapple with increasingly complex social, economic and environmental problems. It then develops students’ GIS skills through the use of sophisticated GIS software in a way that takes account of both the advantages and limitations of the technology.

An understanding of GIS plays a crucial role in introducing students to modern methods of spatial data capture, processing, analysis and presentation. Many chapters in this book, therefore, could be used as case study material to reinforce students’ learning about the different stages of a geographical investigation.

Peter O’Connor is Head of Geography at Bishop’s Stortford College and a member of the Geographical Association ICT Working Group.


How to use this book
Unit 1: GIS theory and applications

  • Topic A: An introduction to GIS
  • Topic B: What are the characteristics of geographical data?
  • Topic C: Digital storage and representation of geographical information
  • Topic D: Geographic coordinates, map projections and GIS
  • Topic E: Data capture methods for GIS
  • Topic F: Methods of data analysis using GIS
  • Topic G: Advanced techniques in GIS Analysis
  • Topic H: GIS output
  • Topic I: GIS applications

Unit 2: Practical exercises in GIS using ArcView 9.2

  • Exercise 1: Where are all the people?
  • Exercise 2: How do patterns of crime vary across England and Wales?
  • Exercise 3: Is there a relationship between crime and levels of urban development?
  • Exercise 4: How do economic and social structures vary across the Cambridge urban–rural fringe?
  • Exercise 5: Mapping areas of low flood risk


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