New Esri Course Book Emphasizes Real-World Lessons

Redlands, CaliforniaJuly 18, 2011—Designed for a college curriculum, Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS: A Workbook helps students use organized workflows, spatial analysis, and visualization to make decisions about real-world issues including crime, hazards, hurricanes, demographics, and urban planning. This second edition from Esri Press provides scenario-based lessons to promote the development of GIS skills and critical thinking capabilities.

"One major difference between this workbook and others is the focus on the GIS workflow—documenting and being systematic about the problem-solving process," says coauthor Robert Kolvoord. "Following a consistent GIS workflow is an important part of becoming a GIS professional."

The companion DVD contains the GIS data, worksheets, and other documents needed to complete projects in the book. Information about online resources and instructions to download a trial version of ArcGIS Desktop 10 are also provided. The first edition, authored by Kathryn Keranen and Kolvoord, was part of the Esri Press Our World GIS Education book series, which won the 2008 Geographic Excellence in Media Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.

Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS: A Workbook, second edition (ISBN: 978-1-58948-280-7, 172 pages, US$69.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri Press

Esri Press publishes books on GIS, cartography, and related topics. The complete selection of GIS titles from Esri Press can be found on the web at

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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