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2nd Edition


ISBN 9781466503281
Published June 23, 2014 by CRC Press
475 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A revision of Openshaw and Abrahart’s seminal work, GeoComputation, Second Edition retains influences of its originators while also providing updated, state-of-the-art information on changes in the computational environment. In keeping with the field’s development, this new edition takes a broader view and provides comprehensive coverage across the field of GeoComputation.

See What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Coverage of ubiquitous computing, the GeoWeb, reproducible research, open access, and agent-based modelling
  • Expanded chapter on Genetic Programming and a separate chapter developed on Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Ten chapters updated by the same or new authors and eight new chapters added to reflect state of the art

Each chapter is a stand-alone entity that covers a particular topic. You can simply dip in and out or read it from cover to cover. The opening chapter by Stan Openshaw has been preserved, with only a limited number of minor essential modifications having been enacted. This is not just a matter of respect. Openshaw’s work is eloquent, prophetic, and his overall message remains largely unchanged.

In contrast to other books on this subject, GeoComputation: Second Edition supplies a state-of-the-art review of all major areas in GeoComputation with chapters written especially for this book by invited specialists. This approach helps develop and expand a computational culture, one that can exploit the ever-increasing richness of modern geographical and geospatial datasets. It also supplies an instructional guide to be kept within easy reach for regular access and when need arises.

Table of Contents

GeoComputation. GeoComputatlon from the Perspective of the NCG. Grid Computing. Evolutionary Algorithms. Expert Systems for Planning and Decision Support. Fuzzy Modelling. Neural Networks. Multi-Temporal Self-Organising Maps (for Complex Process Classification). GeoComputation using Cellular Automata. Agent Based Modelling. Visualisation as a Tool for GeoComputation. Open Source GeoComputation/R. Location-based GeoComputation. Ubicomp. Evolving web/geoweb. Reproducible Research in GeoComputation. GeoComputation of Real Time Geodemographics. GeoComputatlon: Applications in Biology. Limits to GeoComputation. The Future of GeoComputation.

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Dr. Robert J. Abrahart is an associate professor of geographical information science in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a computational geographer with specialist interests in neural network modeling and hydroinformatics.

Dr. Linda M. See is a research scholar in the Ecosystems Services Management Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence and computational geography to a range of geographical problems in the human and physical domains.


"A useful mix of classical and novel summaries covering the wide breadth of geocomputational issues. This updated version of the original volume based on the groundbreaking 1996 conference is a ‘must have’ for those in this field."
—A Stewart Fotherington, Director, Centre for Geoinformatics, University of St. Andrews

"… timely statement of the state-of-the-art of this flourishing field … The selection of chapter topics and authors has been done very well indeed. In a nutshell, this is the perfect new volume for the experienced researcher’s shelf and a ‘must have’ for post-graduates looking for a foothold."
—Brian Lees, University of NSW, Canberra

"I welcome this second edition of this seminal book on GeoComputation. … brings us right up-to-date and it is a must-have volume for all students and researchers interested in handling geographical data."
—P.M. Atkinson