Title GIS for Science
Subtitle Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics
Author Christian Harder, Dawn J. Wright
ISBN 9781589485303
List price USD 39.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 252
Book size 254 X 280 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Esri Press (Eurospan Group)
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“This book is beautiful as well as illuminating, and it dramatizes the ways in which the new science of geospatial information is enriching and empowering all other scientific disciplines.”

James Fallows, staff writer, The Atlantic; former chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter


“GIS has become the foundational tool for all things environmental—from conservation to climate change to environmental justice. This astonishing book beautifully displays GIS in all its scientific, artistic, and creative splendor.”

Peter Kareiva, director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


“Dawn Wright and Christian Harder have given us a geoscience book for the twenty-first century! Cutting-edge research examples and gloriously illustrated state-of-the-art, GIS-enabled techniques come together to show us how to understand our planet in ways not possible even a few years ago.”

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences


“The only thing changing faster than Earth’s environment and our species’ imprint on it, for better and worse, is the information environment. In that noisy realm, trolls and other troublemakers get the headlines. But this essential and beautiful book illuminates how a host of innovators are gleaning meaning from data and helping shape a sustainable human journey.”

Andrew Revkin, strategic adviser, National Geographic Society, and coauthor of Weather: An Illustrated History, from Cloud Atlases to Climate Change


“There is no better tool to understand our place in the world than GIS, and this book puts its power on beautiful display. It’s a book for scientists and all of Earth’s stewards.”

Jessica Hellmann, director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota


“This beautifully illustrated and inspiring book brings home the power of today’s technology with unique effectiveness, telling and illustrating stories from the earth sciences in novel and powerful ways. A must-have book for anyone concerned about the planet’s future.”

Mike Goodchild, distinguished emeritus professor and research professor of geography, UC Santa Barbara


GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics presents a collection of real-world stories about modern science and a cadre of scientists who use mapping and spatial analytics to expand their understanding of the world.

The accounts in this book are written for a broad audience including professional scientists, the swelling ranks of citizen scientists, and people generally interested in science and geography. Scientific data are brought to life with GIS technology to study a range of issues relevant to the functioning of planet Earth in a natural sense as well as the impacts of human activity. In a race against the clock, the scientists profiled in this volume are using remote sensing, web maps within a geospatial cloud, Esri StoryMaps, and spatial analysis to solve an array of issues with a geographic dimension, ranging from climate change, natural disasters, and loss of biodiversity, to homelessness, loss of green infrastructure, and resource shortages.

These stories present geospatial ideas and inspiration that readers can apply across many disciplines, making this volume relevant to a diverse scientific audience.

See how scientists working on the world’s most pressing problems apply geographic information systems—GIS



GIS for Science: A Framework and a Process—Jack Dangermond and Dawn J. Wright, Esri

Introduction by the Editors—Dawn J. Wright and Christian Harder, Esri

Reflections on a Blue Marble: An Astronaut’s View—Kathryn Sullivan (ret.), NOAA

Part 1: How Earth Works

Global Ecosystem Mapping—Roger Sayre, US Geological Survey

Using advanced geospatial technology, a team of public- and private-sector scientists have created a high-resolution, standardized, and data-derived map of the world’s ecosystems—a global dataset useful for studying the impacts of climate change, as well as the economic and noneconomic value these ecosystems provide.

What Lies Beneath—Daniel Coe, Washington Geological Survey

For scientists studying landslides and other natural hazards in the geologically active state of Washington, lidar imagery has become an invaluable new data resource that enables one to literally see Earth’s surface, even in places where trees and vegetation obscure the landscape.

The Anatomy of Supervolcanoes—Melanie Brandmeier, Esri Germany

Working in the shadows of some of the most remote volcanic regions on the planet, geologists use geostatistical analysis to reveal the space-time patterns of volcanic super-eruption in the Central Andes of South America.

Predicting Global Seagrass Habitats—Orhun Aydin and Kevin A. Butler, Esri

Using machine-learning techniques to study a mostly hidden but environmentally crucial marine resource, scientists are building geographically linked models that show where seagrasses are expected to flourish under differing ocean conditions.

Part 2: How Earth Looks

Extreme Heat Events in a Changing Climate—Olga Wilhelmi and Jennifer Boehnert, NCAR

Extreme heat is a major public health concern, and in response, scientists are using GIS to aid public officials in monitoring the frequency and intensity of forthcoming extreme heat events.

Finding a Way Home—Lauren Griffin and Este Geraghty, Esri

This chapter presents a glimpse into the homelessness crisis taking place across America and describes how GIS can help cities, agencies, and spatial analysts understand, prevent, and manage this human dilemma.

Restoring Coastal Marine Habitats—Zach Ferdaña, Laura Flessner, Matt Silveira, and Morgan Chow, The Nature Conservancy; Tom Brouwer, FloodTags; and Omar Abou-Samra, American Red Cross

Mapping the bond between people and nature, scientists are using geospatial technologies to build coastal resilience by addressing rising sea levels and other impacts of climate change.

Modeling Bird Responses to Climate Change—Molly Bennet, with Brooke Bateman, David Curson, Gary Langham, Curtis Smalling, Lotem Taylor, Chad Wilsey, and Joanna Wu, National Audubon Society

Using geospatial analysis and mapping tools, a century-old conservation group is targeting which habitats will be most critical for birds in a warmer world, telling stories with maps to show bird lovers just what is at stake and how they can help protect the places that birds and people need to thrive.

Part 3: How We Look at Earth

Mapping Ancient Landscapes—Jason Ur and Jeffrey Blossom, Harvard University

Racing against the clock as development encroaches on important Kurdish heritage sites, a team of landscape archaeologists deploys drones and comparative image analysis to capture previously undetected ancient settlements.

Identifying the Natural Efficient Frontier—Jeff Allenby, Chesapeake Conservancy; and Lucas Joppa and Nebojsa Jojic, Microsoft Research

To improve conservation efforts across the entire US, scientists are leveraging artificial intelligence and satellite imagery within GIS across large landscapes to find the very best places for restoration.

Part 4: Training Future Generations of Scientists

A Glacier in Retreat—Jacki Klancher, Todd Guenther, and Darran Wells, Central Wyoming College

Wyoming is the third-most glaciated state in the United States after Alaska and Washington. The quest to measure the extent of ice retreat and predict the implications of losing the state’s 80-plus glaciers has led a multidisciplinary research team to the Dinwoody Glacier at the base of Gannett Peak—Wyoming’s tallest mountain.

Panamapping: GIS for Conservation Science—Dan Klooster, David Smith, Nathan Strout, University of Redlands; Experience Mamoní; and Fundación Geoversity

Geographic information system (GIS) technology supports conservation goals in Panama by revealing how physical features of the landscape interact with current and historical human uses of the land, allowing conservation managers to visualize and communicate processes of forest change, locate critical areas, and plan conservation activities.


Part 5: Technology Showcase

Emergence of the Geospatial Cloud

Equal Earth Projection

Science of the Hex

Modeling the Footprint of Human Settlement

Modeling Green Infrastructure

Jupyter™ Notebook Analysis

3D Empirical Bayesian Kriging

National Water Model

A High-Resolution Martian Database

Sentinel-2 Imagery Viewer

The Power of Storytelling for Science

About the Editors:

Christian Harder is a technology writer and information designer at Esri. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on GIS, including The ArcGIS Book (Esri Press, 2017) and The ArcGIS Imagery Book (Esri Press, 2016).

Dawn J. Wright is a geographer, oceanographer, and the Chief Scientist of Esri. She is a leading authority in the application of geographic information system (GIS) to environmental science and the author and editor of numerous scientific books and articles.

Target Audience:

It’s a book for GIS scientists and all of Earth’s stewards. A must-have book for anyone concerned about the planet’s future.


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