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Burrough, McDonnell & Lloyd: Principles of Geographical Information Systems 3e


The website provides access to core datasets used in the book. Details of each dataset, and the chapters in which they are used, are detailed. Four datasets are provided on this site while sources of the others are indicated.

References to software packages should not be taken to imply endorsement of those packages.

Redwood trees

File: Redwoods.csv

Details: The file contains an ID and the x and y coordinates of each point

Chapter 5: Example point pattern map

Chapter 6: Point pattern analysis; intensity estimates were derived using ArcGIS™ (http://www.arcgis.com/) (Spatial Analyst Tools > Density > Point Density); various packages in the R programming language (http://www.r-project.org/) can also be used

Precipitation in Wales, January 2006

File: WalesPrecip.csv

Details: The file contains an ID, Easting (m),  Northing (m), Elevation (m), Precipitation amount (mm)

Chapter 5: Example maps

Chapter 6: Regression of Elevation against Precipitation amounts; this can be repeated in any standard spreadsheet or statistics package     

Geographically weighted regression: ArcGIS™ can be used to implement GWR (ArcToolbox > Spatial Statistics Tools > Modeling Spatial Relationships > Geographically Weighted Regression); the freeware GWR 4.0 (https://geodacenter.asu.edu/gwr_software) and various packages in the R programming language (http://www.r-project.org/) can also be used to fit GWR models

Chapter 8: Interpolation using inverse distance weighting (IDW) and thin plate splines with tension (TPST); both methods can be implemented in ArcGIS™ (using Geostatistical Analyst); both methods can also be implemented using existing R packages and in freeware GIS such as GRASS (http://grass.osgeo.org/)

Chapter 9: Geostatistical analysis (variogram estimation and kriging) ArcGIS™ can be used to implement these methods (using Geostatistical Analyst); gstat was used to estimate variograms in the examples (http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/gstat/index.html).

More information: The precipitation amounts for Wales are made available under the Open Government Licence. Please refer to the Crown Copyright and Government Licence links http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/legal/tandc#Use-of-Crown-Copyright and http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/2/ for the terms of use.

The original data are documented here: http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/220a65615218d5c9cc9e4785a3234bd0

People in Wales in 2001 by ward

Chapter 5: Example maps; cartograms were generated using the ScapeToad software (http://scapetoad.choros.ch/)

More information: Both the boundaries and the population counts were downloaded from Casweb: http://casweb.mimas.ac.uk/; the population counts taken from Key Statistics table KS0010001

The equivalent data can be downloaded from InFuse: http://infuse.mimas.ac.uk/index.html

With boundaries available at: http://infuse.mimas.ac.uk/help/definitions/2011geographies/index.html

DEM of Wales

File: WalesDem.zip

Details: The zip file contains a set of files in ArcGIS™ grid format

Chapter 5: Example maps; 2.5D maps were generated using ArcScene™

Chapter 10: Filtering; ArcGIS™ can be used to filter images (ArcToolbox > Spatial Analyst Tools > Neighborhood > Filter); computation of gradient and aspect (in ArcGIS™: ArcToolbox > Spatial Analyst Tools > Surface…); the freeware QGIS (http://www.qgis.org) can also be used.

Chapter 11: Extracting contours (in ArcGIS™: ArcToolbox > Spatial Analyst Tools > Surface >  Contour) and hillshade maps (in ArcGIS™: ArcToolbox > Spatial Analyst Tools > Surface > Hillshade); also as QGIS (http://www.qgis.org) includes these functions

More information: These data are derived from the global 30 arc-second (GTOPO 30; https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/GTOPO30) DEM made available by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Information on citation of these data is provided here: https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/citation

Railways in Wales, Woodland in Wales

Chapter 7: Buffers and overlays; ArcGIS™ can be used for buffering and overlay (ArcToolbox > Analysis Tools > Overlay… and ArcToolbox > Analysis Tools > Proximity > Buffer); freeware such as QGIS (http://www.qgis.org) can also be used

More information: Both of these datasets were extracted from the Meridian 2 vector dataset available through OSOpenData: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/opendata-products.html

More details on the data (which are freely available) are available here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/meridian2.html

Meuse data

File: Meuse.csv

Details: The file contains Easting (m), Northing (m), Elevation (m), DistRiver (distance to river, m), Cd (ppb), Cu (ppb), Pb (ppb), Zn (ppb), LOI (percent organic matter loss on ignition), Fldf (flood frequency class), Soil (soil type)

Chapter 8: See entry under ‘Precipitation in Wales, January 2006

Chapter 9: See entry under ‘Precipitation in Wales, January 2006

Orthoimage of Washington DC

Chapter 10: Filtering; see entry under ‘DEM of Wales

More information: This a high resolution orthoimage of Washington, DC acquired in 2002

Background to the data is available here: https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/DOQs

More recent data can be downloaded from: https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/high_res_ortho