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Springer Handbook of Geographic Information


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  • Research and application-oriented handbook

  • Edited by internationally renowned experts

  • Includes all the relevant basics, developments and applications of geographic information

  • Harmonized presentation of content based on standardized international terminology

  • Ideal resource not only for experts but also for people new to this field

  • An invaluable source for scientists, technical experts, and institutions

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXXXVI
  2. Basics and Computer Science

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-71
    2. Modeling of Geographic Information

      • Charles Roswell
      Pages 3-6
    3. Mathematics and Statistics

      • Frank Gielsdorf, Tobias Hillmann
      Pages 7-10
    4. Databases

      • Thomas Brinkhoff, Wolfgang Kresse
      Pages 11-34
    5. Encoding of Geographic Information

      • Clemens Portele
      Pages 35-47
    6. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

      • Shuliang Wang, Wenzhong Shi
      Pages 49-58
  3. Geographic Information

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-287
    2. Geographic Information Systems

      • Norbert Bartelme
      Pages 59-71
    3. Change Detection

      • Jérôme Théau
      Pages 75-94
    4. Geodesy

      • Matthias Becker
      Pages 95-117
    5. Data Capture

      • Michael Cramer, Wolfgang Kresse, Jan Skaloud, Norbert Haala, Silvia Nittel, Jan O. Wallgrün
      Pages 119-157
    6. Geometry and Topology

      • Gerhard Gröger, Betsy George
      Pages 159-177
    7. Portrayal and Cartography

      • Paul Hardy, Kenneth Field
      Pages 179-190
    8. Geospatial Metadata

      • David M. Danko
      Pages 191-244
    9. Standardization

      • Wolfgang Kresse, David M. Danko, Kian Fadaie
      Pages 245-271
    10. Web Mapping and Web Cartography

      • Andreas Neumann
      Pages 273-287
    11. Registration of Geospatial Information Elements

      • C. Douglas OʼBrien, Roger Lott
      Pages 311-342

About this book

Computer science provides a powerful tool that was virtually unknown three generations ago. Some of the classical fields of knowledge are geodesy (surveying), cartography, and geography. Electronics have revolutionized geodetic methods. Cartography has faced the dominance of the computer that results in simplified cartographic products. All three fields make use of basic components such as the Internet and databases.

The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is organized in thre parts, Basics, Geographic Information and Applications. Some parts of the basics belong to the larger field of computer science. However, the reader gets a comprehensive view on geographic information because the topics selected from computer science have a close relation to geographic information.

The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is written for scientists at universities and industry as well as advanced and PhD students.


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From the reviews:

“This book provides an encyclopedic survey of geoinformation through 31 chapters contributed by specialists from around the globe. … This book is both timely and up-to-date. The editors have done a very good job spanning the relevant topics for such a handbook, and each chapter is very detailed technically … . This volume is intended as a reference manual for specialists in this area or for researchers needing specialist knowledge. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (R. A. Kolvoord, Choice, Vol. 50 (5), January, 2013)

“It attempts to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and current practices in the generation, analysis, and distribution of geographic information. … This book would be a good starting place for novices in the field. The exposition of the material is more suited for professionals with a technological focus, such as technologists, engineers, analysts, and cartographers, but managers looking for reasonably comprehensive tutorials about the specific topics covered in this book should find the relevant sections useful.” (R. M. Malyankar, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2013)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg, Neubrandenburg, Germany

    Wolfgang Kresse

  • Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., Vienna, USA

    David M. Danko

About the editors

Wolfgang Kresse

Wolfgang Kresse is a Professor for Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry at the University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg, Germany. As a visiting professor he was affiliated to the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing in Ottawa (2002/2003) and to the University of Maine, USA (2008/2009). Formerly, he worked as a software developer and customer trainer for Carl Zeiss Company with focus on graphics, photogrammetry, and data exchange. Wolfgang Kresse is the leading author of the book ISO Standards for Geographic Information published by Springer.

He is the project leader of the ISO 19159, Calibration and validation of remote sensing imagery sensors and data, in the ISO/TC 211, Geographic information / Geomatics.  He has been involved in the development of ISO 19130, Imagery sensor models for geopositioning, and in standardization activities of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) as well as in the German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Wolfgang Kresse holds a Diploma Degree in Geodesy and a Doctor-Degree in Digital Cartography, both of the University of Bonn, Germany.

David Danko

David Danko is a Senior Consultant for GIS standards.  In this capacity he ensures that ESRI software and services are interoperable and comply with the appropriate national, international, and industry standards. He represents ESRI on the OGC Planning Committ

ee, ISO TC 211 and INCITS-L1. As a senior consultant for GIS Standards, Mr. Danko has provided workshops on standards, metadata, and spatial data infrastructures in the United States, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Central America, and China and has participated in an advisory role in several regional and national spatial data infrastructures.

As a physical scientist–senior standards manager with DMA, he was responsible for developing and managing agency policies and programs to ensure standardization and interoperability between DMA imagery and geospatial systems, U.S. DoD agencies, U.S. civilian agencies, and the military and civilian geospatial information communities of other nations. He previously served as Project Manager for an international research and development initiative that resulted in the development of the vector product format (VPF) military standard and the digital chart of the World (DCW); the DCW was the first in a new series of digital vector products on CD–ROM.  Earlier in his career he worked in the areas of remote sensing, analytical triangulation, imagery data extraction and cartographic production.

In his ISO Standardization activities he has been Project Leader in the Technical Committee (TC) 211–ISO 19115 Metadata Revision (2009–present), Chair of the Metadata Working Group in the Open GIS Consortium (2001–present), and a Technical and Planning Committee Representative in the Open GIS Consortium (2001


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USD 309.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-540-72680-7
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  • Readable on all devices
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Hardcover Book
USD 399.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)