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Methods and Models in Transport and Telecommunications

Cross Atlantic Perspectives

  • Aura Reggiani
  • Laurie A. Schintler

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Traffic Forecasting and Transport Network Analysis

  3. Freight Transport

    1. Michel Beuthe, Christophe Bouffioux, Jan De Maeyer, Giovanna Santamaria, Marie Vandresse, Els Vandaele et al.
      Pages 163-179
  4. Telecommunications and Air Transport

    1. Laurie A. Schintler, Sean P. Gorman, Aura Reggiani, Roberto Patuelli, Peter Nijkamp
      Pages 201-220
    2. Domenico Campisi, Roberta Costa, Carlo Tesauro
      Pages 221-237
  5. Sustainable Transport and Policy Perspectives

    1. Stephen Potter, Graham Parkhurst, Ben Lane
      Pages 319-333
    2. David Banister
      Pages 35-333
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-364

About this book


One aspect of the new economy is a transition to a networked society, and the emergence of a highly interconnected, interdependent and complex system of networks to move people, goods and information. An example of this is the in creasing reliance of networked systems (e. g. , air transportation networks, electric power grid, maritime transport, etc. ) on telecommunications and information in frastructure. Many of the networks that evolved today have an added complexity in that they have both a spatial structure – i. e. , they are located in physical space but also an a spatial dimension brought on largely by their dependence on infor mation technology. They are also often just one component of a larger system of geographically integrated and overlapping networks operating at different spatial levels. An understanding of these complexities is imperative for the design of plans and policies that can be used to optimize the efficiency, performance and safety of transportation, telecommunications and other networked systems. In one sense, technological advances along with economic forces that encourage the clustering of activities in space to reduce transaction costs have led to more efficient network structures. At the same time the very properties that make these networks more ef ficient have also put them at a greater risk for becoming disconnected or signifi cantly disruptedwh en super connected nodes are removed either intentionally or through a targeted attack.


Cross-Atlantic Forecasting Sustainability Telecommunications Networks communication communication network simulation telecommunications traffic transport transportation

Editors and affiliations

  • Aura Reggiani
    • 1
  • Laurie A. Schintler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics Faculty of StatisticsUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.George Mason UniversityUSA

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From the reviews:

"Methods and models consists of two introductory chapters … and 15 more chapters organized into four parts. … Mathematical material is generally well presented … . Methods and Models makes a valuable contribution to the international and interdisciplinary study of transport and telecommunication networks. It should spur researchers in each area to widen their horizons." (Robin Lindsey, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 47 (2), 2007)