Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach. Third Edition.

Author:Markus Neteler and Helena Mitasova
Publisher:Springer, New York
Price:95 USD (list price)
Synopsis: With this third edition of Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach, we enter the new era of GRASS6, the first release that includes substantial new code developed by the International GRASS Development Team. The dramatic growth in open source software libraries has made the GRASS6 development more efficient, and has enhanced GRASS interoperability with a wide range of open source and proprietary geospatial tools.

Thoroughly updated with material related to the GRASS 6, the third edition includes new sections on attribute database management and SQL support, vector networks analysis, lidar data processing and new graphical user interfaces. All chapters were updated with numerous practical examples using the first release of a comprehensive, state-of-the-art geospatial data set.

Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach (third edition) preserves the continuity of previous editions by maintaining the proven book's structure and continues to target professional audience composed of researchers and practitioners in government and industry as well as graduate students interested in geospatial analysis and modeling.

Written for:
Professionals, researchers and practitioners, graduate students
Table of contents:
1 Open Source software and GIS 1
2 GIS concepts 7
3 Getting started with GRASS 21
4 GRASS data models and data exchange 53
5 Working with raster data 83
6 Working with vector data 169
7 Graphical output and visualization 263
8 Image processing 287
9 Notes on GRASS programming 331
10 Using GRASS with other Open Source tools 347
A Appendix 367
A.1 Selected equations used in GRASS modules 367
A.2 Landscape process modeling 381
A.3 Definition of SQLite-ODBC connection 383
References 385
Index 393
Review: An excellent book for everybody working with GRASS GIS. Even seasoned veterans can find something in this book. This book explains the ideology of GRASS GIS, and how it works and why. Not all commands are detailed in this book, since the full documentation comes with GRASS GIS. Anybody wanting to start with Open Source GIS should get this book.