Mastering ArcGIS Pro
"Mastering ArcGIS Pro" by Maribeth H. Price is a comprehensive guide that helps readers understand and utilize the powerful capabilities of ArcGIS Pro, a leading Geographic Information System (GIS) software. This book provides a step-by-step approach to mastering various concepts and skills necessary for effective GIS data management, analysis, and visualization.
The book begins with an introduction to GIS, explaining its history, its applications, and the roles of GIS professionals. It also covers GIS project management, web GIS, and the use of ArcGIS Online.
Chapter 1 delves into the fundamental concepts of GIS, including representing real-world objects on maps, map scale, data sources, data quality, and citing GIS data sources. Readers are introduced to ArcGIS, its overview, the project structure, the ArcGIS Pro interface, and the use of tools and geoprocessing.
Chapter 2 focuses on mapping GIS data, covering concepts such as choosing symbols for maps, types of data and maps, and displaying rasters. It also explores the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem and classifying numeric data. The chapter provides guidance on working with layers and styles in ArcGIS.
Chapter 3 dives into presenting GIS data effectively. Readers learn about determining map objectives, selecting data, arranging map elements, symbolizing data, reviewing drafts, and improving the final output. The chapter also covers maps in ArcGIS, assigning map scales, setting up scale bars, and labeling and annotating the map.
In Chapter 4, the book explores coordinate systems. It explains the concepts of coordinate systems, standard coordinate systems, geographic coordinate systems, and map projections. Readers learn about common projection systems and how to choose the appropriate projection for their GIS projects. The chapter also covers the impact of coordinate systems in ArcGIS, on-the-fly projection, labeling coordinate systems, projecting data, and troubleshooting coordinate system problems.
Chapter 5 focuses on managing vector data. It covers the vector model, topology, characteristics of GIS data, organizing data files, finding data for projects, compiling and modifying data, and documenting data. The chapter also provides insights into working with discrete data formats, projects, shared data, and environment settings in ArcGIS.
Chapter 6 delves into managing raster data. It explores the raster model, raster resolution, storing rasters, raster coordinate systems, and 3D data. Readers learn about storing rasters in ArcGIS and gain a better understanding of working with raster data.
In Chapter 7, the book covers attribute data. It explains tables, database management systems, joining and relating tables, and performing statistics on tables. The chapter also discusses field types and provides guidance on working with tables in ArcGIS, including editing and calculating fields, and importing tables.
Chapter 8 focuses on editing GIS data. It explores the concepts of editing and topology, and provides an overview of the editing tools available in ArcGIS. Readers learn how to create and maintain topology, as well as edit annotation.
Chapter 9 delves into queries in GIS. It covers attribute queries, spatial queries, and extraction functions. The chapter provides insights into processing layers with selections, interactive selection, making selections, choosing the selection type, and managing query results in ArcGIS.
Throughout the book, each chapter includes review questions to test readers' understanding of the concepts covered. Additionally, teaching tutorials and practice exercises are provided to help readers apply their knowledge and develop their skills.
"Mastering ArcGIS Pro" is a valuable resource for GIS professionals, students, and anyone interested in harnessing the power of ArcGIS Pro for effective geospatial analysis and visualization. By following the book's comprehensive approach, readers can develop a strong foundation in GIS and become proficient in using ArcGIS Pro to tackle real-world spatial challenges.