GIS Books Provide a Road Map to Plan Megacities (ESRI)
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Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis

Redlands, California—The influx of immigrants and new workers into megacities such as Los Angeles, California, Paris, France and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, calls for innovative urban planning that incorporates geographic information system (GIS) technology, says Ayse Pamuk, author of Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis.

Pamuk’s book, published this summer by ESRI Press, shows how analysts and policymakers put GIS to work analyzing spatial data such as employment trends or patterns of immigrant clusters. Local governments and social service agencies can use the analyses to pinpoint where services will be needed.

“Without a spatial and analytical understanding of how cities are organized and how residential patterns are shaped as a result of population and employment changes, we risk designing urban plans and policies that are unrealistic at best and exclusionary for newcomers at worst,” says Pamuk.

The book by Pamuk, an associate professor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University, comes with a CD-ROM that contains data and printable, step-by-step GIS exercises including a self-directed mapping project that lets users explore themes from the chapters.

Mapping Global Cities (ISBN: 1-58948-143-7, 208 pages, $49.95) was partly funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The same grant also supported development of a companion volume, Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research by San Francisco State University professor Richard LeGates. ESRI Press published the book in 2005.

GIS for the Urban Environment, another new title from ESRI Press, will help readers get started on what authors Juliana Maantay and John Ziegler call “the GIS adventure.”

A textbook for urban and regional planning students and professionals, GIS for the Urban Environment introduces GIS technology and provides exercises using GIS software. Twelve case studies illustrate how urban agencies use GIS for such tasks as analyzing auto theft patterns in the Bronx, New York and mapping the New York City sewer and storm drain system. A CD-ROM supplies data for lab exercises.

GIS for the Urban Environment (ISBN: 1-58948-082-1, 598 pages, $79.95) was coauthored by Maantay, a GIS teacher and a professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and Ziegler, founder and president of Space Track Inc., a New York City consulting company.

All of the books now are available at online retailers and bookstores worldwide or can be purchased at Amazon or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, contact your local ESRI distributor. Visit for a current distributor list. ESRI Press books are distributed to the trade by Independent Publishers Group. Call 1-800-888-4741 or visit

For pricing information or to order a copy of "Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis", visit Amazon Book Store.

For pricing information or to order a copy of "GIS for the Urban Environment", visit Amazon Book Store.

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