Geographical Information Systems and Computer Cartography

1st Edition

Dr C. Jones

1997336 pages (est.)0582-04439-1 (Paperback)

Longman (Pearson Education)

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A concise text presenting the fundamental concepts in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), emphasising an understanding of techniques in management, analysis and graphic display of spatial information.

Divided into five parts - the first part reviews the development and application of GIS, followed by a summary of the characteristics and representation of geographical information. It concludes with an overview of the functions provided by typical GIS systems. Part Two introduces co-ordinate systems and map projections, describes methods for digitising map data and gives an overview of remote sensing. Part Three deals with data storage and database management, as well as specialised techniques for accessing spatial data. Spatial modelling and analytical techniques for decision making form the subject of Part Four, while the final part is concerned with graphical representation, emphasising issues of graphics technology, cartographic design and map generalisation.


  • introduction covers a review of applications, spatial models and typical GIS functions
  • split into five distinct parts, clearly outlining data acquisition, storage, analysis and retrieval
  • progresses from an introductory level intended for potential users of GIS, to more specialized topics such as: spatial data modelling, spatial database design, computer cartography and visualization
  • supported with over 195 illustrations, with a four-colour plate section
  • ideal text for undergraduates and postgraduates of GIS, digital mapping, computer assisted cartography



Part 1: Introduction.
1. Origins and Applications.
2. Geographical Information Concepts and Spatial Models.
3. GIS Functionality: An Overview.
Part 2: Acquisition of Geo-referenced Data.
4. Coordinate Systems, Transformations and Map Projections.
5. Digitising, Editing and Structuring.
6. Primary Data Acquisition from Ground and Remote Surveys.
7. Data Quality and Data Standards.
Part 3: Data Storage and Retrieval.
8. Computer Data Storage.
9. Database Management Systems.
10. Spatial Data Access Methods for Points, Lines and Polygons.
Part 4: Spatial Data Modelling and Analysis.
11. Surface Modelling and Spatial Interpolation.
12. Optimal Solutions and Spatial Search.
13. Knowledge-Based Systems and Automated Reasoning.
Part 5: Graphics, Images and Visualisation.
14. Computer Graphics Technology for Display and Interaction.
15. Three Dimensional Visualisation.
16. Raster and Vector Interconversions.
17. Map Generalisation.
18. Automated Design of Annotated Maps.


Christopher Jones is Professor of Geographical Information Systems in the Department of Computer Studies, University of Glamorgan,UK and Director of Hollybush Software Limited. He has worked in developing and applying information technology in the environmental sciences at the British Geological Survey and at BP, and was a lecturer in GIS at the University of Cambridge. He is on the editorial board of the journal of 'Cartography and Geographic Information Systems' and has participated in research projects on spatial databases, cartographic generalisation, terrain modelling, environmental change detection and historical hypermedia.