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Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis

  • ID: 2175213
  • Book
  • 420 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The popularity of geography as an academic discipline is partly explained by its relevance to the real world. Spatial analysis uses geographic information and statistical methods for the study of specific applications, ranging from business location analysis to the measurement of inner city deprivation, and when used in conjunction with GIS, visual representations and "what if" scenarios can be created. An increasing number of public and private sector organisations now regard spatial analysis as a valuable problem–solving tool.

Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis focuses on the use of quantitative methods and GIS in applied contexts, demonstrating the wide range of techniques that are used to deal with problems at different spatial scales. It provides readers with a range of global applications from local/national government and business, and is structured to convey the public–private focus of the material.

Arranged in four main parts, Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis covers:

  • Geobusiness, which considers applications in the private sector.
  • Social Deprivation, a set of chapters commissioned by various local authorities helping to expose different aspects of social problems, especially deprivation and crime.
  • Transport and Location, relating to transport networks and location problems.
  • National Spatial Planning, which looks at large–scale national social and economic problems, largely funded by government departments.

This book is unique as it concentrates on commercially–sponsored applications of GIS and quantitative geography research methodologies that are undertaken by professional quantitative geographers. Internationally renowned editors and contributors from academic and business consultancies present spatial analysis techniques and the actual process of problem solving, to illustrate the applied nature of contemporary quantitative geography. A wealth of case studies enriches the chapters and exemplifies the practical application of GIS, statistical models, location–allocation models, and networks of flow models.

Applied Spatial Modelling and GIS is essential reading for postgraduates and researchers of Quantitative Geography, GIS, Spatial Modelling and Retail Geography. It is also highly recommended for upper–level undergraduate and MSc students taking modules in GIS and Quantitative Geography, and will be a valuable source of reference for practitioners involved in the use of GIS for private and public sector planning.

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List of Contributors.


1. Introduction (Graham Clarke and John Stillwell).


2. Retail Applications of Spatial Modelling (Ken Jones and Tony Hernandez).

3. Using Spatial Models to Solve Difficult Retail Location Problems (Mark Birkin, Graham Clarke, Martin Clarke and Richard Culf).

4. Location–based Services for WAP Phone Users in a Shopping Centre (António Câmara and António Eduardo Dias.

5. Mass Appraisal and Noise: the use of Lifestyle Segmentation Profiles to Define Neighbourhoods for Hedonic Housing Price Mass Appraisal Models (Steve Laposa and Grant Thrall..


6. Target Clusters of Deprivation within Cities (Richard Harris and Paul Longley).

7. Assessing Deprivation in English Inner City Areas: Making the Case for EC Funding for Leeds City (Paul Boyle and Seraphim Alvanides).

8. GIS for Joined–up Government: the Case Study of the Sheffield Children Service Plan (Massimo Craglia and Paola Signoretta).

9. The Application of New Spatial Statistical Methods to the Detection of Geographical Patterns of Crime (Peter Rogerson).


10. Modelling and Assessment of Demand–Responsive Passenger Transport Services (Mark Horn).

11. The South and West Yorkshire Strategic Land–use/Transportation Model (David Simmonds and Andy Skinner).

12. The Relocation of Ambulance Facilities in Central Rotterdam (Stan Geertman, Tom de Jong, Coen Wessels and Jan Bleeker).

13. A probability–based GIS Model for Identifying Focal Species Linkage Zones across Highways in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Shelley Alexander, Nigel Waters and Paul Paquet.


14. Modelling Migration for Policy Analysis (Philip Rees, A. Stewart Fotheringham and Tony Champion).

15. Modelling Regional Economic Growth by Means of Carrying Capacity  (Leo van Wissen).

16. Planning a Network of Sites for the Delivery of a New Public Service in England and Wales (Mike Coombes and Simon Raybould).

17. New Methods of Assessing Service Provision in Rural England (Martin Frost and John Shepherd).

18. Forecasting River Stage with Artificial Neural Networks (Pauline Kneale and Linda See).

19. Undertaking Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis Research in an Academic Context (Robin Flowerdew and John Stillwell).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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John Stillwell
Graham Clarke
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