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Learning ArcGIS for Desktop

Book Description

Create, analyze, and map your spatial data with ArcGIS for Desktop

About This Book

  • Learn how to use ArcGIS for Desktop to create and manage geographic data, perform vector and raster analysis, design maps, and share your results

  • Solve real-world problems and share your valuable results using the powerful instruments of ArcGIS for Desktop

  • Step-by-step tutorials cover the main editing, analyzing, and mapping tools in ArcGIS for Desktop

  • Who This Book Is For

    This book is ideal for those who want to learn how to use the most important component of Esri’s ArcGIS platform, ArcGIS for Desktop. It would be helpful to have a bit of familiarity with the basic concepts of GIS. Even if you have no prior GIS experience, this book will get you up and running quickly.

    What You Will Learn

  • Understand the functionality of ArcGIS for Desktop applications

  • Explore coordinate reference system concepts and work with different map projections

  • Create, populate, and document a file geodatabase

  • Manage, create, and edit feature shapes and attributes

  • Built automate analysis workfl ows with ModelBuilder

  • Apply basic principles of map design to create good-looking maps

  • Analyze raster and three-dimensional data with the Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions

  • In Detail

    ArcGIS for Desktop is one of the main components of the ESRI ArcGIS platform used to support decision making and solve real-world mapping problems. Learning ArcGIS for Desktop is a tutorial-based guide that provides a practical experience for those who are interested in start working with ArcGIS.

    The first five chapters cover the basic concepts of working with the File Geodatabase, as well as editing and symbolizing geospatial data. Then, the book focuses on planning and performing spatial analysis on vector and raster data using the geoprocessing and modeling tools. Finally, the basic principles of cartography design will be used to create a quality map that presents the information that resulted from the spatial analysis previously performed. To keep you learning throughout the chapters, all exercises have partial and final results stored in the dataset that accompanies the book. Finally, the book offers more than it promises by using the ArcGIS Online component in the tutorials as source of background data and for results sharing

    Style and approach

    This easy-to-follow guide is full of hands-on exercises that use open and free geospatial datasets. The basic features of the ArcGIS for Desktop are explained in a step-by-step style.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Learning ArcGIS for Desktop
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Learning ArcGIS for Desktop
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewer
        1. eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Downloading the color images of this book
          3. Errata
          4. Piracy
          5. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Started with ArcGIS
        1. Hardware and software requirements
          1. Hardware requirements
          2. Software requirements
        2. Installing ArcGIS for Desktop
          1. Obtaining a 60-day trial of ArcGIS for Desktop
          2. Installing on Windows
        3. Exploring ArcGIS for Desktop
          1. ArcCatalog
          2. ArcMap
          3. ArcToolbox
          4. Getting help
        4. Summary
      9. 2. Using Geographic Principles
        1. Using coordinate systems
          1. The ellipsoidal coordinate system
          2. The spherical coordinate system
          3. The spherical polar coordinate system
          4. The three-dimensional (3D) Cartesian coordinate system
        2. Geodetic datum and geoid
          1. Global and regional datums
          2. The geoid and heights
        3. Using a coordinate reference system
        4. Using map projections
          1. Classifying map projections
          2. Comparing map projections
            1. Cylindrical projections
            2. Conic projections
            3. Azimuthal projections
        5. Transforming coordinate reference systems
        6. Summary
      10. 3. Creating a Geodatabase and Interpreting Metadata
        1. Creating a geodatabase
          1. Components of a geodatabase
          2. Creating a file geodatabase
        2. Importing existing data
          1. Evaluating existing data
          2. Defining a geodatabase structure
          3. Adding data to a geodatabase
        3. Documenting a geodatabase using metadata
          1. Creating metadata
          2. Importing metadata
        4. Summary
      11. 4. Creating Map Symbology
        1. Creating symbols
          1. Creating point symbols
          2. Creating line and area symbols
        2. Creating labels
          1. Working with graphic text
          2. Working with dynamic labels
          3. Creating a thematic map
        3. Summary
      12. 5. Creating and Editing Data
        1. Creating and editing features
          1. Editing features
          2. Creating and editing map topology
          3. Using spatial adjustment
        2. Creating and editing attribute data
          1. Editing the feature attributes
          2. Creating and calculating an attribute field
        3. Creating new features
          1. Digitizing features
          2. Creating point features using XY data
        4. Summary
      13. 6. Analyzing Geographic Data and Presenting the Results
        1. Planning the data analysis and preparing data
          1. Planning data analysis
            1. Defining the problem
            2. Identifying the conditions
            3. Identifying the necessary data
            4. Planning the analysis process
            5. Preparing data for analysis
        2. Performing the analysis
          1. Attribute queries
          2. Location queries
        3. Creating a data report
        4. Summary
      14. 7. Working with Geoprocessing Tools and ModelBuilder
        1. Working with Geoprocessing tools
          1. Planning data analysis
          2. Preparing data for analysis
          3. Performing site selection
          4. Sharing the analysis results
        2. Working with ModelBuilder
          1. Creating a model
          2. Using a model
        3. Summary
      15. 8. Using Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst
        1. Using Spatial Analyst
          1. Performing suitability analysis
          2. Performing a least-cost path analysis
        2. Using 3D Analyst
          1. Creating a TIN surface
          2. Creating 3D features from 2D features
        3. Calculating surface area and volume
        4. Summary
      16. 9. Working with Aerial and Satellite Imagery
        1. Using aerial imagery
          1. Georeferencing an orthorectified image
        2. Using satellite imagery
          1. Accessing imagery
          2. Displaying multispectral imagery
          3. Image processing
        3. Summary
      17. 10. Designing Maps
        1. Working with the map layout
          1. Creating a map layout
          2. Designing the map elements
          3. Creating an inset map
          4. Exporting the Map
        2. Working with map templates
          1. Applying a map template
          2. Modifying the map template
        3. Summary
      18. Index