Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis
"Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis" is a comprehensive book edited by Graham Clarke and John Stillwell that provides an in-depth exploration of various applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis in different fields. The book is divided into four parts, covering diverse topics ranging from geobusiness, social deprivation, transport, and location, to national spatial planning.
In Part 1: Geobusiness, authors Ken Jones and Tony Hernandez discuss the use of spatial modeling in retail applications. They delve into how GIS and spatial analysis can be used to solve complex problems related to retail location, considering factors such as accessibility, competition, and customer behavior. António Câmara and António Eduardo Dias then explore the use of location-based services for WAP phone users in a shopping center, highlighting the potential of GIS in enhancing customer experiences and improving business strategies.
Part 2: Social Deprivation focuses on addressing social inequalities using GIS and spatial analysis. Richard Harris and Paul Longley discuss targeting clusters of deprivation within cities, while Paul Boyle and Seraphim Alvanides make a case for EC funding for Leeds City by assessing deprivation in English inner city areas. Massimo Craglia and Paola Signoretta present a case study on the use of GIS in the Sheffield Children's Service Plan, showcasing how spatial analysis can aid in improving service delivery for vulnerable populations.
In Part 3: Transport and Location, authors Mark E.T. Horn, David Simmonds, Andy Skinner, Stan Geertman, Tom de Jong, Coen Wessels, Jan Bleeker, Shelley M. Alexander, Nigel M. Waters, and Paul C. Paquet discuss various applications of GIS and spatial analysis in transport planning. Topics include modeling demand-responsive passenger transport services, strategic land-use/transportation modeling, relocation of ambulance facilities, and identifying focal species linkage zones across highways.
Part 4: National Spatial Planning delves into the use of GIS and spatial analysis in regional and national planning. Authors Phil Rees, A. Stewart Fotheringham, Tony Champion, Leo van Wissen, Mike Coombes, Simon Raybould, Martin Frost, John Shepherd, Pauline Kneale, and Linda See discuss topics such as modeling migration for policy analysis, regional economic growth, planning a network of sites for public service delivery, and assessing service provision in rural areas. The book concludes with a chapter on undertaking applied GIS and spatial analysis research in an academic context, written by Robin Flowerdew and John Stillwell.
"Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis" serves as a comprehensive guide for researchers, practitioners, and students interested in utilizing GIS and spatial analysis in diverse fields such as business, social sciences, transport planning, and spatial planning. The book presents a wide range of case studies, methodologies, and applications, providing valuable insights into the practical use of GIS and spatial analysis for solving real-world problems.