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A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systems



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Geographic information systems (GIS) are now everywhere; the technology has become embedded in our society. GIS is a tool for everything from saving endangered wildlife to exploring distant planets. As GIS has evolved and grown, so has the language of this powerful technology. A to Z GIS presents the most comprehensive collection of GIS terms and illustrations to help students, educators, and professionals understand and use the special language of GIS in research, field studies, and real-world applications.

With definitions written, developed, and contributed by more than 150 subject-matter experts, A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systems is packed with the following features:

  • More than 1,800 terms
  • Nearly 400 full-color illustrations
  • Seven encyclopedia-style appendix articles about annotation and labels, features, geometry, layers in ArcGIS® software, map projections and coordinate systems, remote sensing, and topology

A to Z GIS is an indispensable guide and companion for anyone involved in the expanding field of geographic information systems technology.

About the editors:

Shelly Sommer served as the corporate librarian at Esri for twelve years before becoming a research specialist. She led the design team for the original version of the GIS Term Library as well as the GIS bibliography on the Esri Virtual Campus Library.

Tasha Wade is a project manager at Esri. For the past four years, she has coordinated the Esri GIS Term Library, a database of 3,000 terms and definitions that is the single source for all Esri glossaries and dictionaries.

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