2nd Edition

Geographical Information Systems A Practical Approach

By Xuan Zhu Copyright 2025
    574 Pages 229 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    574 Pages 229 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Geographical information systems (GIS) are powerful tools for reporting on the environment, natural resources, and social and economic development; modelling the environmental, biophysical, social and economic processes; assessing environmental and social impacts; evaluating environmental, social and economic policies and actions; and dissimilating spatial information. Geographical Information Systems: A Practical Approach provides the fullest available introduction to GIS and their environmental, social and economic applications. This new edition has been substantially revised and updated to incorporate the key developments in GIS technology and spatial data science and their applications that have taken place in recent years.

    The key features include:

    •                A comprehensive coverage of concepts, methods, techniques and tools in GIS for spatial data capturing, processing, visualisation, analysis, modelling and decision making

    •                Incorporation of advanced machine learning techniques for spatial data analysis and modelling

    •                Extended coverage of spatial visualisation with 3D mapping and online mapping

    •                Weaving together of GIS theory and practice to help readers learn important GIS concepts and methods and develop their understanding through practicals with ArcGIS Pro or QGIS

    •                New and updated case studies illustrating the innovative use of GIS for a wide range of applications

    The second edition of this text continues to bring the up-to-date GIS knowledge, tools and practices into one cohesive, comprehensive, concise and self-contained book, which is accessible to students, scientists and practitioners in environmental science, earth science, geography, archaeology and other scientific studies that have a spatial dimension.

    Chapter 1.         GIS Overview

    Chapter 2.         Spatial Data and Data Management

    Chapter 3.         Spatial Data Input and Manipulation

    Chapter 4.         Spatial Visualisation

    Chapter 5.         Spatial Analysis

    Chapter 6.         Spatial Data Exploration with Statistics

    Chapter 7.         Remote Sensing Data Analysis 

    Chapter 8.         Terrain Analysis

    Chapter 9.         Spatial Modeling and Decision Analysis 

    Chapter 10.      Environmental Applications of GIS


    Xuan Zhu is Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Australia. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and has over 30 years of international experience in GIS and remote sensing, and their applications in environmental and regional resource use planning. Dr Zhu is the author/co-author/co-editor of four academic books, and over 100 academic papers and book chapters.