1st Edition

Regional and Urban GIS
A Decision Support Approach

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ISBN 9781606233368
Published November 12, 2009 by Guilford Press
299 Pages

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Book Description

This unique text shows students and professionals how geographic information systems (GIS) can guide decision making about complex community and environmental problems. The authors’ step-by-step introduction to GIS-based decision analysis methods and techniques covers important urban and regional issues (land, transportation, and water resource management) and decision processes (planning, improvement programming, and implementation). Real-world case studies demonstrate how GIS-based decision support works in a variety of contexts, with a special focus on community and regional sustainability management. Ideal for course use, the book reinforces key concepts with end-of-chapter review questions; illustrations include 18 color plates.

Table of Contents

I. Situating GIS-Based Decision Support

1. Introduction: Need for Geographic Information Systems in Decision Support

2. GIS in Decision Support Situations

3. GIS-Based Decision Support Methods and Workflow

4. GIS-Based Decision Situation Assessment

II. Fundamentals of GIS Data and Analysis for Decision Support

5. Making Choices about Geospatial Database Development

6. Fundamentals of GIS-Based Data Analysis for Decision Support

7. Making Choices about GIS-Based Multicriteria Evaluation

III. Planning, Programming, and Implementation Decision Cases

8. GIS Data Analysis for Planning Decision Support

9. A Case Study in Water Resource Planning Decision Support

10. GIS Data Analysis for Improvement Programming Decision Support

11. GIS Data Analysis for Improvement Project Implementation Decision Support

IV. Using GIS for Integrated Decision Support

12. GIS-Based Integrated Analysis across Functional Themes

13. Linking Analyses across Decision Situation Processes

V. Concluding Perspective

14. Perspectives on GIS and Sustainability Management

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Timothy L. Nyerges is Professor of Geography and Affiliate Professor of the Water Center at the University of Washington-Seattle. He teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses to undergraduate and graduate students in GIS using ArcGIS software and systems design using open-source GIS software. His research focuses on public participation decision support using both workstation and online platforms for urban-regional land, transportation, and water resources activity.

Piotr Jankowski is Professor of Geography and Co-Director of the Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research at San Diego State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS and spatial decision analysis. His research focuses on spatial decision support systems, participatory GIS, spatial optimization, and modeling methods.


This book embodies a fundamental change in thinking about decision support and planning. Rather than focusing solely on the instruments, or means, of decision support, the book moves toward a more mature emphasis on the support function of the instruments. The whole trajectory of planning, programming, and project implementation is considered from an integrative perspective. The level of detail is valuable in showing how GIS can assist in this process.--Stan Geertman, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The book is remarkably thorough and systematic in its coverage of GIS-based techniques as decision support tools in spatial planning and management. Some of the material is quite advanced, but it is presented in an accessible manner and written with an emphasis on applications. This makes it suitable for both upper-division undergraduates and for graduate students and researchers in related areas. Well-chosen review questions at the end of each chapter address the key points and encourage critical thinking.--Helen Couclelis, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

This is not another 'how to use GIS' book. It goes far beyond traditional descriptions of GIS concepts and techniques to demonstrate clearly and concretely the role that GIS can--and should--play in informing and improving public decision making. It provides case studies and fully worked-out examples illustrating the use of GIS in supporting sustainability planning, capital improvements programming, and project implementation in a wide range of policy areas. I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in using GIS as a decision support tool, and as a text in advanced GIS courses.--Richard E. Klosterman, President, What if?, Inc.; Department of Geography and Planning (Emeritus Professor), University of Akron

This book fills a void. It weaves theory and practice together, presenting an integrated view of the concepts, tools, and techniques involved in using GIS for public decision support within an urban-regional context. Including strong pedagogical features, the value of the content is very high for students, academics, and practitioners. The text takes complex subject areas and puts them into a form that students can understand, grasp, and master. No course in applied GISor participatory planning should be without this book.--Jacek Malczewski, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Nyerges and Kankowski drew on their considerable research and field experience in land, water, and transportation issues to present practical approaches for using GIS in urban sustainability planning and decision making. These practical approaches add context to the core decision situation assessment framework named Enhanced Adaptive Structuration Theory (EAST2) previously developed by the authors....Represents a new milestone in the use of GIS for urban sustainability planning and decision making. The work is highly practical and embedded in a robust theoretical framework. Given the notorious conflicting nature of sustainability issues, this book would serve as an invaluable guide to those seeking practical ways to use GIS for effective planning and decision making.
--Canadian Geographer, 10/10/2009ƒƒ
Provides a comprehensive, clearly written, and well-organized reference guide on the role and use of GIS to inform and improve public decision making in spatial planning and management. More specifically, the authors provide a detailed description and information on the use of GIS concepts and techniques in specific decision-making situations (planning, improvement programming, and implementation) for addressing land, transportation, and water resource management. In this way, Nyerges and Jankowski contribute to the literature on spatial decision support, intricately weaving together theory and practice and providing readers with the theoretical, methodological, technological, and substantive issues in using GIS in complex decision situations....A welcome and timely contribution to the literature on GIS as an information support system for spatial planning and environment decision making....This book is written in an engaging and accessible manner with appropriate applications of images, tables, and charts to reinforce basic concepts. All chapters are clearly organized and referenced and the continuity between chapters is excellent. However, the 'chief' value of this text resides in the framework of the book, around which the chapters are organized....Superbly written, comprehensive, useful, and accessible. This text will appeal to a wide range of individuals from decision makers, academics, and researchers using GIS technologies and techniques to upper-division undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in GIS and spatial decision support system courses. As such, this book is recommended as a valuable addition to any library and certainly a copy of this text should be in the library of every department that trains GIS and decision analysts.
--Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 10/10/2009