Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook explains the methods, tools, and processes needed to plan and carry out a complete GIS analysis project. You'll assume the role of a GIS analyst challenged with finding the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California. The problem is complex: you need vacant land that's close to the river in park-poor urban neighborhoods with lots of families. The book provides the starting data and guidance you need to perform a complete GIS analysis: explore the study area; evaluate the data; build a database; process, edit, and analyze the data; model alternative outcomes; map your findings; and share your results on interactive web maps.
Through this process, you develop critical-thinking and geographic problem-solving skills. You also learn to use ArcGIS for Desktop 10 software from Esri.
Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook includes the following learning materials: