Remote Sensing Related Book Reviews
Concepts and Techniques of Geographic Information Systems
By C.P. Lo and Albert K.W. Yeung
Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002
Approaching the study of GIS from the broader context of information technology, this book gives a complete, up-to-date coverage of the concepts and techniques pertaining to every stage of the systems development life cycle of GIS and its applications in various areas of spatial problem-solving and decision making.
The book treats GIS not only as a special field of academic study and scientific research, but also as a branch of modern information technology, an integral component of enterprise computing in large corporations and government organizations, as well as one of the cornerstones of national and international information infrastructure.
Written by two authors with a strong background in land surveying, photogrammetry and remote sensing, this book includes several chapters explaining surveying and management-related topics seldom covered adequately in other general GIS textbooks:
- Modern spatial data acquisition technologies including digital photogrammetry and GPS (Chapter 2),
- Relational and object-relational database concepts including SQL (Chapter 3),
- Spatial data quality and standards (Chapter 4),
- Visualization of geographic information (Chapter 7),
- Remote sensing and GIS data integration (Chapter 8),
- Digital terrain modelling (Chapter 9), and
- GIS implementation and project management (Chapter 11).
It is also the only GIS book in the market that studies the subject from a Canadian perspective by constantly referring to Canadian data sources, standards, and applications.
About the authors:
Dr. C.P. Lo is a professor of geography at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. He has conducted research in the use of aerial photography and satellite imagery for land use and land cover studies in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. He has published several books and numerous technical papers on the theories and applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS for studying both the bio-physical and socio-economic environments.
Dr. Albert Yeung is an instructor at the Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada. He was previously a remote sensing and GIS specialist with the Ministries of Transportation, Natural Resources, and Northern Development and Mines of the Government of Ontario, where he was involved in a wide variety of GIS initiatives and implementation projects. Professionally, Dr. Yeung is a member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.
A major portion of this article appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of "The Ontario Land Surveyor" (Volume 45, No. 2). Reproduced with permission of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. Our thanks to Ms Maureen Mountjoy, OLS, OLIP at the Association for making this possible.
As of August 2002, the book has been adopted by the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto (Geography).- Ed.
Price: C$ 97.95.
From: www.chapters.ca or www.indigo.ca
Delivery: 1 - 2 weeks.
Additional info: www.prenhall.com