Presentation Title

The Development of Geographic Information Systems and its Applications in Urban Studies

Presenter Information

Sarah Cooke

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

19-3-2016 10:00 AM

End Date

19-3-2016 10:15 AM

Abstract

The use of geographic information systems, or GIS, has continually proved valuable throughout its development as a geographic tool in urban studies. The list of ways in which GIS can be applied in urban studies is extensive and continues to grow with increasing advancements in the technology. A GIS is a computer system designed to facilitate the gathering, storing, manipulation, analysis, and visualisation of geographic data. Among many of its other applications, GIS is used in urban geography and planning to track and monitor land values, demographics, weather, and pollution; to facilitate street design and urban layout, geologic and environmental surveys, and optimal site identification; and to manage transport, transit, water, and utility systems. With a focus on urban studies, this presentation reviews existing literature as a means to study GIS and its evolution in the computer and data-sharing age, while highlighting future developments in GIS and its applications in urban studies. In order to illustrate the full potential of GIS in urban studies, Berlin’s 3D Model and Calgary’s Heat Map Model are included in the review as case studies. As GIS continues to be a valuable tool in urban studies, geographers and urban planners will have the increasing capability to develop more efficient and sustainable cities in the future.

Department

Geography

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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The Development of Geographic Information Systems and its Applications in Urban Studies

IB 1020

The use of geographic information systems, or GIS, has continually proved valuable throughout its development as a geographic tool in urban studies. The list of ways in which GIS can be applied in urban studies is extensive and continues to grow with increasing advancements in the technology. A GIS is a computer system designed to facilitate the gathering, storing, manipulation, analysis, and visualisation of geographic data. Among many of its other applications, GIS is used in urban geography and planning to track and monitor land values, demographics, weather, and pollution; to facilitate street design and urban layout, geologic and environmental surveys, and optimal site identification; and to manage transport, transit, water, and utility systems. With a focus on urban studies, this presentation reviews existing literature as a means to study GIS and its evolution in the computer and data-sharing age, while highlighting future developments in GIS and its applications in urban studies. In order to illustrate the full potential of GIS in urban studies, Berlin’s 3D Model and Calgary’s Heat Map Model are included in the review as case studies. As GIS continues to be a valuable tool in urban studies, geographers and urban planners will have the increasing capability to develop more efficient and sustainable cities in the future.