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Spatial Thinking in Environmental Contexts

Maps, Archives, and Timelines, 1st Edition

Edited by Sandra Lach Arlinghaus, Joseph J. Kerski, Ann Evans Larimore, Matthew Naud

CRC Press

250 pages | 271 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138631854
pub: 2019-07-30
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Spatial Thinking in Environmental Contexts: Maps, Archives, and Timelines cultivates the spatial thinking "habit of mind" as a critical geographical view of how the world works, including how environmental systems function, and how we can approach and solve environmental problems using maps, archives, and timelines. The work explains why spatial thinking matters as it helps readers to integrate a variety of methods to describe and analyze spatial/temporal events and phenomena in disparate environmental contexts. It weaves together maps, GIS, timelines, and storytelling as important strategies in examining concepts and procedures in analyzing real-world data and relationships. The work thus adds significant value to qualitative and quantitative research in environmental (and related) sciences.


  • Written by internationally renowned experts known for taking complex ideas and finding accessible ways to more broadly understand and communicate them.
  • Includes real-world studies explaining the merging of disparate data in a sensible manner, understandable across several disciplines.
  • Unique approach to spatial thinking involving animated maps, 3D maps, GEOMATs, and story maps to integrate maps, archives, and timelines—first across a single environmental example and then through varied examples.
  • Merges spatial and temporal views on a broad range of environmental issues from traditional environmental topics to more unusual ones involving urban studies, medicine, municipal/governmental application, and citizen-scientist topics.
  • Provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions to complete tasks; no prior experience in data processing is needed.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Viewing the Global Spatial Environmental Context. Spatial Thinking: Physical Geographical Contexts. Tornado Siren Location. Tornado Tracks. 20 on 40: Stops along the 40th Parallel. Spatial Thinking: Urban Contexts. Ann Arbor Historical Markers. Water Plume Tracks. Detroit Air. Spatial Thinking: Biomedical Contexts. Honeybees. Pacemaker Reuse. Tree Canopy and Health Issues. Parks and Health Issues. Appendicies. Cloud Mapping. Unifying Template. GEOMAT, Guide and Discussion. Future Guide.

About the Editors

Sandra L. Arlinghaus holds a Ph.D. in theoretical geography (The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and other degrees and advanced education in mathematics (from Vassar College, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto, and Wayne State University). She holds an M.A. in Geography from Wayne State University, an A. B. in Mathematics from Vassar College, and a High School Diploma from the University of Chicago, Laboratory Schools. She has published over 300 books and articles, many in peer-reviewed publications. She continues innovative approaches in publication as creator of Solstice: An Electronic Journal of Geography and Mathematics, perhaps the world’s first online peer-reviewed publication (1990-), and as co-creator with William C. Arlinghaus and Frank Harary of John Wiley & Sons first eBook in 2002. Dr. Arlinghaus is the co-author of CRC Press' book Spatial Mathematics: Theory and Practice through Mapping, published in 2013

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems