Publisher description for Think globally, act regionally : GIS and data visualization for social science and public policy research / Richard LeGates.


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Giving social scientists and students a solid introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), this study focuses on some of society's most pressing issues, including growth, pollution, and economic development. By calling upon such high-end analytical tools as Global Positioning System navigation and satellite imagery, GIS can be a critical tool in examining social problems. This study encourages readers to be visionary and even utopian in imagining better urban futures by concentrating on three related topics—urbanization, conflicts between natural and built environments, and regional equity. The introductory and spatial analysis chapters expand this understanding so that readers see both urban problems and urban opportunities more clearly.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Regional planning -- Data processing.
Regional planning -- United States.
Urban geography -- Data processing.
Urban ecology -- Data processing.
Urban policy -- Data processing.
Geographic information systems.
Visualization.
Computer graphics.