Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities, including commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy.
The Geography of Transport Systems is concerned about movements along with the infrastructures, institutions and corporations supporting them. It tries to link spatial constraints and attributes with the origin, the destination, the extent, the nature and the purpose of movements. It is divided in nine chapters, each covering a specific conceptual dimension including networks, modes terminals, international transportation, urban transportation and environmental impacts. Each chapter also covers methodologies linked with transport geography such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and Geographic Information Systems for transportation.
Aimed at an undergraduate audience, the text provides a comprehensive introduction to the field with a broad overview of its concepts, methods and areas of application. A particular emphasis has been placed in the development of web based didactic material that can be incorporated in lectures such as PowerPoint slides, exercises, databases and GIS datasets.
? transportation and geography -- Concepts: 1. What is transport geography? 2. Transportation and space; 3. Historical evolution of transportation -- Methods: 1. The notion of accessibility; 2. Geographic information systems for transportation (gis-t) -- ? Transportation systems and networks -- Concepts: 1. Transportation and commercial geography; 2. Transport costs; the geography of transportation networks; 3. Transport supply and demand -- Methods: 1. Definition and properties of graph theory; 2. Measures and indices of graph theory; 3. Network data models -- ? Economic and spatial structure of transport systems -- Concepts: 1. Transport and economic development; 2. Transport and spatial organization; 3. Transport and location -- Methods: 1. The transportation problem (linear programming); 2.Market area analysis -- ? Transportation modes -- Concepts: 1. A diversity of modes; 2. Intermodal transportation; 3. Passengers or freight? -- Methods: 1. Technical performance indicators -- ? Transportation terminals -- Concepts: 1. The function of transport terminals; 2. Terminals and location; 3. Terminals and security -- Methods: 1. Gini coefficient; 2. Delphi forecasting -- ? International and regional transportation -- Concepts: 1. Transportation, globalization and international trade; 2. Commodity chains and freight transportation; 3. Logistics -- Methods: 1. Spatial interactions; 2. The gravity model -- ? Urban transportation -- Concepts: 1. Transportation and urban form; 2. Urban land use and transportation; 3. Urban mobility; 4. Urban transport problems -- Methods: 1. Traffic counts and traffic surveys; 2. Transportation / Land Use Modeling -- ? Transport and environment -- Concepts: 1. Transport and energy; 2. Transport and environment; 3. Transport and sustainability -- Methods: 1. Transport environmental management -- ? transport planning and policy -- Concepts: 1. the nature of transport policy; 2. The policy process; 3. Transport planning -- Methods: 1. Cost-benefit analysis -- Conclusion: issues and challenges in transport geography.