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Geography and Technology - Stanley D. Brunn

Geography and Technology

By: Stanley D. Brunn (Editor), Susan L. Cutter (Editor), J. W. Harrington (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th July 2004
ISBN: 9781402018718
Number Of Pages: 616

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It is particularly appropriate that the AAG's Centennial Celebration should prompt the publication of a volume devoted to Geography and Technology. New technologies have always been important in advancing geographic understanding, but never have they been so thoroughly and rapidly transformative of the discipline as at this stage in geography's evolution. Just as new technologies have profoundly expanded both research possibilities and the knowledge base of other disciplines, such as biology, physics or medicine, so too are the revolutionary new geographic technologies developed during the past few decades extending frontiers in geographic research, education and applications. They are also creating new and resurgent roles for geography in both society and in the university. This trend is still accelerating, as the integration of geographic technologies, such as the global positioning system and geographic information systems (GPS/GIS), is creating an explosion of new "real-time, real-world" applications and research capabilities. The resultant dynamic space/time interactive research and management environments created by interactive GPS/GIS, among other technologies, places geography squarely at the forefront of advanced multidisciplinary research and modeling programs, and has created core organization management tools (geographic management systems) which will dramatically change the way governments and businesses work in the decades ahead. While these and other important geographic technologies, including remote sensing, location-based services, and many others addressed in this book, are forging new opportunities for geography and geographers, they also pose challenges.

"Just as new technologies have profoundly affected both research possibilities and the knowledge base of other disciplines, such as biology, physics, or medicine, so too are the revolutionary new geographic technologies developed during the past decades extending frontiers in geographic research, education, and applications."
(Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers)
"Geography and technology are not just related; each fundamentally defines the other. How we understand and use the earth is conditioned by technology, even as technology itself has developed as part of the effort to remake places and alter the meaning of geographical distance. In light of the scope of technological change in today's world, this book's focus on the geography-technology nexus is vital. It represents a research agenda of signal importance as the twenty-first century opens."
(Alexander B. Murphy, President, Association of American Geographers)
"Geographical questions about nature-society relations, climate change, processes of economic and political globalization, the shifting grounds of health, conflict and democratization across the globe, all entail critical analysis of technological change. This book reflects on the ways in which geographical and technological processes are mutually produced, as part of a vital research agenda for the coming century."
(Victoria A. Lawson, Vice President, Association of American Geographers)

Foreword by Douglas Richardson
Preface and Acknowledgements
Contributing Authors
Color Plates
Geography and Technology Interfaces
Geography and Technology
Communications Technology and the Production of Geographical Knowledge
Federal Funding, Geographic Research, and Geographic Technologies: 1904-2004
Technologies that Changed Geography
The Imbrication of Geography and Technology
Computers and Geography
Remote Sensing of Selected Biophysical Variables and Urban/Suburban Phenomena
New Digital Geographies
New Geographies with New Technologies
From Globes to GIS
Fieldwork in Nonwestern Contexts
The Camera and Geographical Inquiry
Film Networks and the Place(s) of Technology
Motor Vehicles on the American Landscape
A World on Demand
Democracy and Technology
Technologies Applied to Public Health
"Real" Bodies, "Real" Technologies
Geotechnology, the U.S. Military, and War
The Environment and Technology
Earth Pulses in direct Current
The Impact of Technology Upon In Situ Atmospheric Observations and Climate Science
Population-Environment Interactions with an Emphasis on Land-Use/Land-Cover Dynamics and Role of Technology
Capacity Building and Geographic Information Technologies in African Development
Natural Hazards and Technology
The Worlds before us
The GIS Revolution in Science and Society
Why Technology?
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ISBN: 9781402018718
ISBN-10: 1402018711
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 30th July 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.82  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 1.14