Map Analysis: Understanding Spatial patterns and Relationships


     Joseph K. Berry, Colorado State University


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The Map Analysis book is a collection of selected works from of Joseph K. Berry’s popular “Beyond Mapping” columns published in GeoWorld magazine from 1996 through 2006.  In this compilation Berry develops a structured view of the important concepts, considerations and procedures involved in grid-based map analysis.  The companion CD contains further readings and software for hands-on experience with the material presented. 


While numerous books focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities of computer mapping and spatial database management, few provide an understanding of its analytical potential and practical realities in a non-technical manner.  The unique character of this book draws from the author’s ability to convey seemingly complex concepts of spatial data and GIS operations in words that resonant with others less technically versed.  The result is a book that engages the reader to “think spatially” and formulate new and innovative solutions to complex spatial problems.  Key to this process is a paradigm shift that extends the traditional paper map perspective of “where is what” to the modern perspective of “why and so what.”  Within this context, maps become data and map analysis becomes the means to derive information about spatial patterns and relationships within and among map layers.  (


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Software Description: ( MapCalc software by BASIS is used for the hands-on exercises.  A copy of MapCalc Learner software is included with the book.  The software includes the basic set of data and operations needed to complete the hands-on exercises. 


For more information about the Spatial Reasoning book and supporting materials, contact:

 Berry & Associates // Spatial Information Systems (BASIS), Fort Collins, Colorado

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