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The role of geographic information science in applied geography

  • Arthur Getis
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Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 77)

Abstract

Applied geography has undergone remarkable changes in the last 20 years. Powerful new technologies have emerged that greatly improve the ability to collect, store, manage, view, analyze, and utilize information regarding the critical issues of our time. These technologies include geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), satellite-base remote sensing, and a great variety of remarkable software that allows for the analysis of the compelling problems. The issues include globalization, global warming, pollution, security, crime, public health, transportation, energy supplies, and population growth. Geographic Information Science (GIScience) has given rise to an essentially multidisciplinary approach to applied problems. No single person is expert in all of these areas. It is necessary to emphasize coordination and collaboration and to find the bridges that reduce the barriers between disciplines. In this chapter we briefly discuss the new technologies and the way in which they are being used to solve the critical issues. We then make suggestions for an applied geography future vis-à-vis the geographic information sciences.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Spatial Autocorrelation Spatial Data West Nile Virus Spatial Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Getis
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  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA

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