Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Pro Project Workbook 4th Edition by David Smith, ISBN-13: 978-1589485266


Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Pro Project Workbook 4th Edition by David Smith, ISBN-13: 978-1589485266

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  • Publisher: ‎ Esri Press; Fourth edition (July 31, 2018)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 414 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1589485262
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1589485266

Publication date: 7/31/18

ArcGIS Pro version: 2.2

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The first single-project GIS textbook on the market, Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Pro Project Workbook, fourth edition is an excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based course that incorporates GIS across a wide range of disciplines. It allows readers to progress through nine lessons using ArcGIS Pro software from Esri to find the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California.

Each exercise offers step-by-step instructions, graphics to confirm exercise results, and explanations of key concepts. The book includes access to ArcGIS Desktop software, which includes ArcGIS Pro. Project data (real data, all of it updated) is downloadable from the book’s resource web page.

Table of Contents:

Lesson 1 Frame the problem and explore the study area
Exercise 1a: Explore the study area
Exercise 1b: Do exploratory data analysis
Lesson 2 Preview the data
Exercise 2a: List the data requirements
Exercise 2b: Examine the data
Exercise 2c: Reframe the problem statement
Lesson 3 Choose the data
Exercise 3a: Choose the datasets
Exercise 3b: Choose a coordinate system
Lesson 4 Build the database
Exercise 4a: Project a shapefile
Exercise 4b: Copy a feature class
Exercise 4c: Prepare the city and county data
Exercise 4d: Prepare the river data
Exercise 4e: Prepare the park data
Exercise 4f: Prepare the block group data
Exercise 4g: Prepare the parcel data
Lesson 5 Edit the data
Exercise 5a: Edit a feature
Exercise 5b: Create a new park feature
Lesson 6 Conduct the analysis
Exercise 6a: Establish proximity zones
Exercise 6b: Apply demographic constraints
Exercise 6c: Select suitable parcels
Exercise 6d: Clean up the map and geodatabase
Exercise 6e: Evaluate your results
Lesson 7 Automate the analysis
Exercise 7a: Set up the model
Exercise 7b: Build the model (part 1)
Exercise 7c: Build the model (part 2)
Exercise 7d: Run the model as a tool
Lesson 8 Present your analysis results
Exercise 8a: Create the main map
Exercise 8b: Create a layout using the LA River and inset maps
Exercise 8c: Finish the map
Lesson 9 Share your results online
Exercise 9a: Publish web layers to ArcGIS Online
Exercise 9b: Create a web map
Exercise 9c: Change web layer styles
Exercise 9d: Create Map Notes
Exercise 9e: Add bookmarks
Exercise 9f: Configure pop-up windows
Exercise 9g: Create a Basic Viewer web mapping app
Exercise 9h: Create an Esri® Story Map SeriesSM web app
Appendix A Imagery and data credits

David Smith is the spatial instruction manager of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. He specializes in innovative curriculum design using geospatial technology, with a primary focus on the adoption of spatial thinking and GIS across the disciplines. He also conducts periodic workshops on desktop and Web GIS, mobile mapping, GPS, and visualization applications.

Nathan Strout is the director of spatial technology for the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. Strout is a GIS educator, researcher, and developer with a passion for effective communication and decision-making through the use of geospatial technology and GIS.

Christian Harder is a writer at Esri and author of Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook Esri Press, 2013, as well as number of other books on GIS. Harder is also the founder and former manager of Esri Press.

Dr. Steven Moore is the director of the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands. In that role, he oversees spatial research, instruction, fund development, and operational support activities.

Tim Ormsby is a technical writers at ESRI Press and co-author of Getting to Know ArcView GIS and Extending ArcView GIS.

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