Jan 11

RESERVE BOOKS


Simulation modeling and analysis, 5th Ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Gil Kenneth San Miguel (IE 144)

Author Averill M. Law
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Since the publication of the first edition in 1982, the goal of Simulation Modeling and Analysis has always been to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and technically correct treatment of all important aspects of a simulation study. The book strives to make this material understandable by the use of intuition and numerous figures, examples, and problems. It is equally well suited for use in university courses, simulation practice, and self study. The book is widely regarded as the “bible” of simulation and now has more than 100,000 copies in print. The book can serve as the primary text for a variety of courses; for example: a first course in simulation at the junior, senior, or beginning-graduate-student level in engineering, manufacturing, business, or computer science (Chaps. 1 through 4, and parts of Chaps. 5 through 9). At the end of such a course, the students will be prepared to carry out complete and effective simulation studies, and to take advanced simulation courses. A second course in simulation for graduate students in any of the above disciplines (most of Chaps. 5 through 12). After completing this course, the student should be familiar with the more advanced methodological issues involved in a simulation study, and should be prepared to understand and conduct simulation research. An introduction to simulation as part of a general course in operations research or management science (part of Chaps. 1, 3, 5, 6, and 9).


Understanding aerodynamics : arguing from the real physics

Recommending faculty: Dr. Louis Angelo Danao (ME 298)

 

Author Doug McLean
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Much-needed, fresh approach that brings a greater insight into the physical understanding of aerodynamics

Based on the author’s decades of industrial experience with Boeing, this book helps students and practicing engineers to gain a greater physical understanding of aerodynamics. Relying on clear physical arguments and examples, Mclean provides a much-needed, fresh approach to this sometimes contentious subject without shying away from addressing “real” aerodynamic situations as opposed to the oversimplified ones frequently used for mathematical convenience. Motivated by the belief that engineering practice is enhanced in the long run by a robust understanding of the basics as well as real cause-and-effect relationships that lie behind the theory, he provides intuitive physical interpretations and explanations, debunking commonly-held misconceptions and misinterpretations, and building upon the contrasts provided by wrong explanations to strengthen understanding of the right ones.

Provides a refreshing view of aerodynamics that is based on the author’s decades of industrial experience yet is always tied to basic fundamentals.

Provides intuitive physical interpretations and explanations, debunking commonly-held misconceptions and misinterpretations

Offers new insights to some familiar topics, for example, what the Biot-Savart law really means and why it causes so much confusion, what “Reynolds number” and “incompressible flow” really mean, and a real physical explanation for how an airfoil produces lift.

Addresses “real” aerodynamic situations as opposed to the oversimplified ones frequently used for mathematical convenience, and omits mathematical details whenever the physical understanding can be conveyed without them.


Simulation with Arena, 6th Ed.

 

Authors W. David Kelton, Randall P. Sadowski, Nancy B. Zupick
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Simulation with Arena provides a comprehensive treatment of simulation using industry-standard Arena software. The textbook begins by having the reader develop simple high-level models, and then progresses to advanced modeling and analysis. Statistical design and analysis of simulation experiments is integrated with the modeling chapters, reflecting the importance of mathematical modeling of these activities. An informal, tutorial writing style is used to aid the beginner in fully understanding the ideas and topics presented. The academic version of Arena and example files are also available through the book’s website.

McGraw-Hill Education’s Connect, is also available as an optional, add on item. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, how they need it, so that class time is more effective. Connect allows the professor to assign homework, quizzes, and tests easily and automatically grades and records the scores of the student’s work. Problems are randomized to prevent sharing of answers an may also have a “multi-step solution” which helps move the students’ learning along if they experience difficulty.


Probability and stochastic processes

 

Author Ionut Florescu
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Wiley

A comprehensive and accessible presentation of probability and stochastic processes with emphasis on key theoretical concepts and real-world applications

With a sophisticated approach, Probability and Stochastic Processes successfully balances theory and applications in a pedagogical and accessible format. The book’s primary focus is on key theoretical notions in probability to provide a foundation for understanding concepts and examples related to stochastic processes.

Organized into two main sections, the book begins by developing probability theory with topical coverage on probability measure; random variables; integration theory; product spaces, conditional distribution, and conditional expectations; and limit theorems. The second part explores stochastic processes and related concepts including the Poisson process, renewal processes, Markov chains, semi-Markov processes, martingales, and Brownian motion. Featuring a logical combination of traditional and complex theories as well as practices, Probability and Stochastic Processes also includes:

Multiple examples from disciplines such as business, mathematical finance, and engineering

Chapter-by-chapter exercises and examples to allow readers to test their comprehension of the presented material

A rigorous treatment of all probability and stochastic processes concepts

An appropriate textbook for probability and stochastic processes courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduate level in mathematics, business, and electrical engineering, Probability and Stochastic Processes is also an ideal reference for researchers and practitioners in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and finance.

Nov 9

Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 12 : September 26, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 13 : October 3, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 15 : October 17, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 16-17 : October 24, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 18 : October 31, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 19 : November 7, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 109, no. 643 : October 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East


Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 109, no. 644 : November 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East


National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 230, no. 5 :November 2016
Publisher National Geographic Society

Oct 13

Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 7 : August 22, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 8 : August 29, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 9 : September 5, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol.188, no. 10-11 : September 12/19, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 109, no. 641 : August 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East


Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 109, no. 642 : September 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East


National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 230, no. 3 :September 2016
Publisher National Geographic Society


National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 230, no.4 :October 2016
Publisher National Geographic Society

Sep 3

RESERVE BOOKS


Shigley’s mechanical engineering design, 10th Ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 153, 154, 155, 258)

Authors Richard G. Budynas, J. Keith Nisbett
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design is intended for students beginning the study of mechanical engineering design. Students will find that the text inherently directs them into familiarity with both the basics of design decisions and the standards of industrial components. It combines the straightforward focus on fundamentals that instructors have come to expect, with a modern emphasis on design and new applications. The tenth edition maintains the well-designed approach that has made this book the standard in machine design for nearly 50 years.


Mechanics of materials, 7th Ed.

Author Ferdinand P. Beer
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Mechanics of Materials is the uncontested leader for the teaching of solid mechanics. Used by thousands of students around the globe since publication, Mechanics of Materials provides a precise presentation of the subject illustrated with numerous engineering examples that students both understand and relate to theory and application. The tried and true methodology for presenting material gives students the best opportunity to succeed in this course. From the detailed examples, to the homework problems, to the carefully developed solutions manual, instructors and students can be confident the material is clearly explained and accurately represented.

McGraw-Hill Education’s Connect, is also available as an optional, add on item. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, how they need it, so that class time is more effective. Connect allows the professor to assign homework, quizzes, and tests easily and automatically grades and records the scores of the student’s work. Problems are randomized to prevent sharing of answers an may also have a “multi-step solution” which helps move the students’ learning along if they experience difficulty.


Geographic information science & systems, 4th Ed.

Author Paul A. Longley
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Effective use of today’s vast geographic information (GI) resources requires more than just powerful technology for problem solving. It requires science to help us understand the way the world works, and to help us devise effective procedures for making decisions. Three previous editions have established this text as a defining multidisciplinary treatment of the scientific principles that underpin the use of geographic information technologies for problem solving. This extensively revised and updated edition provides a guide to the enduring scientific principles and information systems that support effective use of today’s GI. It also provides a primer on essential methods for analysis of GI, and the ways in which effective management of GI informs policy and action.


Engineering economy, 16th Ed.

Authors William G. Sullivan, Elin M. Wicks, C. Patrick Koelling Global
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd.

Engineering Economy is intended to serve as a text for classroom instruction in undergraduate, introductory courses in Engineering Economics. It also serves as a basic reference for use by practicing engineers in all specialty areas (e.g., chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering). The book is also useful to persons engaged in the management of technical activities.

Used by engineering students worldwide, this best-selling text provides a sound understanding of the principles, basic concepts, and methodology of engineering economy. Built upon the rich and time-tested teaching materials of earlier editions, it is extensively revised and updated to reflect current trends and issues, with an emphasis on the economics of engineering design throughout. It provides one of the most complete and up-to-date studies of this vitally important field.


Introduction to probability and statistics for engineers and scientists, 5th Ed.

(ES 21)

Author Sheldon M. Ross
Place of Publication London, UK
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Academic Press/Elsevier

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists provides a superior introduction to applied probability and statistics for engineering or science majors. Ross emphasizes the manner in which probability yields insight into statistical problems; ultimately resulting in an intuitive understanding of the statistical procedures most often used by practicing engineers and scientists. Real data sets are incorporated in a wide variety of exercises and examples throughout the book, and this emphasis on data motivates the probability coverage. As with the previous editions, Ross’ text has tremendously clear exposition, plus real-data examples and exercises throughout the text. Numerous exercises, examples, and applications connect probability theory to everyday statistical problems and situations.

Clear exposition by a renowned expert author
Real data examples that use significant real data from actual studies across life science, engineering, computing and business
End of Chapter review material that emphasizes key ideas as well as the risks associated with practical application of the material
25% New Updated problem sets and applications, that demonstrate updated applications to engineering as well as biological, physical and computer science
New additions to proofs in the estimation section
New coverage of Pareto and lognormal distributions, prediction intervals, use of dummy variables in multiple regression models, and testing equality of multiple population distributions.


GPS satellite surveying, 4th Ed.

Recommending faculty: ()

Authors Alfred Leick, Lev Rapoport, Dmitry Tatarnikov
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

mploy the latest satellite positioning tech with this extensive guide
GPS Satellite Surveying is the classic text on the subject, providing the most comprehensive coverage of global navigation satellite systems applications for surveying. Fully updated and expanded to reflect the field’s latest developments, this new edition contains new information on GNSS antennas, Precise Point Positioning, Real-time Relative Positioning, Lattice Reduction, and much more. New contributors offer additional insight that greatly expands the book’s reach, providing readers with complete, in-depth coverage of geodetic surveying using satellite technologies. The newest, most cutting-edge tools, technologies, and applications are explored in-depth to help readers stay up to date on best practices and preferred methods, giving them the understanding they need to consistently produce more reliable measurement.

Global navigation satellite systems have an array of uses in military, civilian, and commercial applications. In surveying, GNSS receivers are used to position survey markers, buildings, and road construction as accurately as possible with less room for human error. GPS Satellite Surveying provides complete guidance toward the practical aspects of the field, helping readers to:

Get up to speed on the latest GPS/GNSS developments
Understand how satellite technology is applied to surveying
Examine in-depth information on adjustments and geodesy
Learn the fundamentals of positioning, lattice adjustment, antennas, and more
The surveying field has seen quite an evolution of technology in the decade since the last edition’s publication. This new edition covers it all, bringing the reader deep inside the latest tools and techniques being used on the job. Surveyors, engineers, geologists, and anyone looking to employ satellite positioning will find GPS Satellite Surveying to be of significant assistance.


Combustion, 5th Ed.

Recommending faculty: ()

Authors Irvin Glassman, Richard A. Yetter, Nick G. Glumac
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Academic Press

Throughout its previous four editions, Combustion has made a very complex subject both enjoyable and understandable to its student readers and a pleasure for instructors to teach. With its clearly articulated physical and chemical processes of flame combustion and smooth, logical transitions to engineering applications, this new edition continues that tradition. Greatly expanded end-of-chapter problem sets and new areas of combustion engineering applications make it even easier for students to grasp the significance of combustion to a wide range of engineering practice, from transportation to energy generation to environmental impacts.

Combustion engineering is the study of rapid energy and mass transfer usually through the common physical phenomena of flame oxidation. It covers the physics and chemistry of this process and the engineering applications―including power generation in internal combustion automobile engines and gas turbine engines. Renewed concerns about energy efficiency and fuel costs, along with continued concerns over toxic and particulate emissions, make this a crucial area of engineering.

New chapter on new combustion concepts and technologies, including discussion on nanotechnology as related to combustion, as well as microgravity combustion, microcombustion, and catalytic combustion―all interrelated and discussed by considering scaling issues (e.g., length and time scales)
New information on sensitivity analysis of reaction mechanisms and generation and application of reduced mechanisms
Expanded coverage of turbulent reactive flows to better illustrate real-world applications
Important new sections on stabilization of diffusion flames―for the first time, the concept of triple flames will be introduced and discussed in the context of diffusion flame stabilization.


RESERVE BOOKS


Marine structural design calculations

Recommending faculty:Prof. Paul L. Rodgers (ME 165)

Author Mohamed A. El-Reedy
Place of Publication Kidlington, Oxford, UK
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

The perfect guide for veteran structural engineers or for engineers just entering the field of offshore design and construction, Marine Structural Design Calculations offers structural and geotechnical engineers a multitude of worked-out marine structural construction and design calculations. Each calculation is discussed in a concise, easy-to-understand manner that provides an authoritative guide for selecting the right formula and solving even the most difficult design calculation.

Calculation methods for all areas of marine structural design and construction are presented and practical solutions are provided. Theories, principles, and practices are summarized. The concentration focuses on formula selection and problem solving. A “quick look up guide”, Marine Structural Design Calculations includes both fps and SI units and is divided into categories such as Project Management for Marine Structures; Marine Structures Loads and Strength; Marine Structure Platform Design; and Geotechnical Data and Pile Design. The calculations are based on industry code and standards like American Society of Civil Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as institutions like the American Petroleum Institute and the US Coast Guard. Case studies and worked examples are included throughout the book.

Calculations are based on industry code and standards such as American Society of Civil Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Complete chapter on modeling using SACS software and PDMS software
Includes over 300 marine structural construction and design calculations
Worked-out examples and case studies are provided throughout the book
Includes a number of checklists, design schematics and data tables


Mechanisms and machines : kinematics, dynamics, and synthesis

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 142)

Author Michael M. Stanisic
Place of Publication Stamford, CT
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Cengage Learning

MECHANISMS AND MACHINES: KINEMATICS, DYNAMICS, AND SYNTHESIS has been designed to serve as a core textbook for the mechanisms and machines course, targeting junior level mechanical engineering students. The book is written with the aim of providing a complete, yet concise, text that can be covered in a single-semester course. The primary goal of the text is to introduce students to the synthesis and analysis of planar mechanisms and machines, using a method well suited to computer programming, known as the Vector Loop Method. Author Michael Stanisic’s approach of teaching synthesis first, and then going into analysis, will enable students to actually grasp the mathematics behind mechanism design. The book uses the vector loop method and kinematic coefficients throughout the text, and exhibits a seamless continuity in presentation that is a rare find in engineering texts. The multitude of examples in the book cover a large variety of problems and delineate an excellent problem solving methodology.


Sustainable materials, processes and production

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 10, 131)

Author Rob Thompson
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd

Describes 35 ecologically sound materials and processes
This book is an essential reference for understanding the environmental impact of materials, manufacturing processes, and product life cycles, and is also a guide on how to select and use them in an intelligent way. It includes in-depth analysis of fifteen materials, fourteen processes, and six production life cycles, supplemented by specially commissioned photographs and diagrams.


Plant design and operations

Recommending faculty:Dr. Louis Angelo Danao (ME 186, 187, 188)

Author Ian Sutton
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Gulf Professional Publishing

Plant Design and Operations provides practical guidance on the design, operation, and maintenance of process facilities. The book is based on years of hands-on experience gathered during the design and operation of a wide range of facilities in many different types of industry including chemicals, refining, offshore oil and gas, and pipelines. The book helps managers, engineers, operators, and maintenance specialists with advice and guidance that can be used right away in working situations.

Each chapter provides information and guidance that can be used immediately. For example, the chapter on Energy Control Procedures describes seven levels of positive isolation ― ranging from a closed block valve all the way to double block and bleed with line break. The Safety in Design chapter describes topics such as area classification, fire protection, stairways and platforms, fixed ladders, emergency showers, lighting, and alarms.

Other areas covered in detail by the book include security, equipment, and transportation. A logical, practical guide to maintenance task organization is provided, from conducting a Job Hazards Analysis to the issue of a work permit, and to the shutdown and isolation of equipment. Common hazards are covered in detail, including flow problems, high pressure, corrosion, power failure, and many more.

Provides information to managers, engineers, operators and maintenance personnel which is immediately applicable to their operations
Supported by useful, real-world examples and experience from a wide range of facilities and industries
Includes guidance on occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene and personal protective equipment.


Boilers : a practical reference

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 165, 286)

Author Kumar Rayaprolu
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Following the publication of the author’s first book, Boilers for Power and Process by CRC Press in 2009, several requests were made for a reference with even quicker access to information. Boilers: A Practical Reference is the result of those requests, providing a user-friendly encyclopedic format with more than 500 entries and nearly the same number of supporting illustrations.

Written for practicing engineers and dealing with practical issues rather than theory, this reference focuses exclusively on water tube boilers found in process industries and power plants. It provides broad explanations for the following topics:

A range of boilers and main auxiliaries, as well as steam and gas turbines
Traditional firing techniques―grates, oil/gas, and modern systems
Industrial, utility, waste heat, MSW and bio-fuel-fired boilers, including supercritical boilers
The scientific fundamentals of combustion, heat transfer, fluid flow, and more
The basics of fuels, water, ash, high-temperature steels, structurals, refractory, insulation, and more
Additional engineering topics like boiler instruments, controls, welding, corrosion, and wear
Air pollution, its abatement techniques and their effect on the design of boilers and auxiliaries
Emerging technologies such as carbon capture, oxy-fuel combustion, and PFBC

This reference covers almost every topic needed by boiler engineers in process and power plants. An encyclopedia by design and a professional reference book by focus and size, this volume is strong on fundamentals and design aspects as well as practical content. The scope and easy-to-navigate presentation of the material plus the numerous illustrations make this a unique reference for busy design, project, operation, and consulting engineers..


Metalworking doing it better : machining, welding, fabricating

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 231)

Author Tom Lipton
Place of Publication South Norwalk, CT
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Industrial Press, Inc.

This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the readers’ attention and engages them in the process of furthering their skills. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique techniques and observations from four decades in the metalworking trades. Perfect for hobbyists and veterans alike, and everyone in between, and for those who work out of either small shops or garages, backyard facilities and basements. It will help any metalworker do better work and do it faster!

Users will learn about: The shop environment. Basic generic skills such as drawing and sketching, accuracy, speed, shop math and trigonometry, and angles. Setting up your shop, including floors, light, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, raw material storage and handling, safety equipment, filing, sawing, rigging and lifting. Manual and CNC lathes. Manual and CNC mills. Welding. Flame straightening. Sheet metal, patterns, cones, and tanks and baffles. Sanding, grinding, and abrading.

Features

Covers hundreds of shop-tested techniques. These creative and unique techniques have been shop-tested by the author the old-fashioned way, by repetition and hard work. Features hundreds of 4-color photographs. Metalworking —Doing It Betterincludes over 900 4-color images personally photographed by the author to illustrate the methods he describes in the book. Fully integrates text and photographs. The guide has been designed so that in virtually every case, the tips and the supporting photographs appear together on the same page. Provides wide range of topics. Many of the topics address specific trade skills, working with manual and CNC lathes and mills, as well as welding flame straightening, sheet metal, sanding, grinding, and abrading. Earlier chapters focus on general across-the-board skills, including essential shop math and trigonometry, accuracy, speed, drawing, and sketching. Includes extensive guidance for setting up your workshop. Chapter 4 helps you with shop basics — finding the right floor and lights, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, storage and handling of raw materials, and much more. Written from a folksy, personal perspective. The tips and techniques are presented as an ongoing, informal conversation between the author and the reader.


Bioprocess engineering principles, 2nd Ed.

Recommending faculty:Dr. Louis Angelo Danao

Author Pauline M. Doran
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Focal Press

This welcome new edition discusses bioprocess engineering from the perspective of biology students. It includes a great deal of new material and has been extensively revised and expanded. These updates strengthen the book and maintain its position as the book of choice for senior undergraduates and graduates seeking to move from biochemistry/microbiology/molecular biology to bioprocess engineering.
All chapters thoroughly revised for current developments, with over 200 pgs of new material, including significant new content in: Metabolic Engineering, Sustainable Bioprocessing, Membrane Filtration, Turbulence and Impeller Design, Downstream Processing, Oxygen Transfer Systems
Over 150 new problems and worked examples
More than 100 new illustrations.


Machine analysis with computer applications for mechanical engineers

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 142, 153, 154, 155)

Author James Doane
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2016
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd

The aim of this book is to motivate students into learning Machine Analysis by reinforcing theory and applications throughout the text. The author uses an enthusiastic ‘hands-on’ approach by including photos of actual mechanisms in place of abstract line illustrations, and directs students towards developing their own software for mechanism analysis using Excel & Matlab.


Sheet metal forming processes and die design

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (ME 231)

Author Vukota Boljanovic
Place of Publication South Norwalk, CT
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Industrial Press, Inc.

Written by an engineer with decades of practical manufacturing experience, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and is a complete modern guide to sheet metal forming processes and die design – still the most commonly used methodology for the mass-production manufacture of aircraft, automobiles, and complex high-precision parts. Included are the “hows” and “whys” of product analysis, as well as the techniques for blanking, punching, bending, deep drawing, stretching, material economy, strip design, movement of metal during stamping, and tooling. Its focus is on simple, applicable engineering methods rather than complex numerical techniques.


Cognitive and linguistic aspects of geographic space : new perspectives on geographic information research

Recommending faculty:Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 160, 175, 222)

Editors Martin Raubal, David M. Mark, Andrew U. Frank
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

20 years ago, from July 8 to 20, 1990, 60 researchers gathered for two weeks at Castillo-Palacio Magalia in Las Navas del Marques (Avila Province, Spain) to discuss cognitive and linguistic aspects of geographic space. This meeting was the start of successful research on cognitive issues in geographic information science, produced an edited book (D. M. Mark and A. U. Frank, Eds., 1991, Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of Geographic Space. NATO ASI Series D: Behavioural and Social Sciences 63. Kluwer, Dordrecht/Boston/London), and led to a biannual conference (COSIT), a refereed journal (Spatial Cognition and Computation), and a substantial and still growing research community.

It appeared worthwhile to assess the achievements and to reconsider the research challenges twenty years later. What has changed in the age of computational ontologies and cyber-infrastructures? Consider that 1990 the web was only about to emerge and the very first laptops had just appeared! The 2010 meeting brought together many of the original participants, but was also open to others, and invited contributions from all who are researching these topics. Early-career scientists, engineers, and humanists working at the intersection of cognitive science and geographic information science were invited to help with the re-assessment of research needs and approaches.

The meeting was very successful and compared the research agenda laid out in the 1990 book with achievements over the past twenty years and then turned to the future: What are the challenges today? What are worthwhile goals for basic research? What can be achieved in the next 20 years? What are the lessons learned?
This edited book will assess the current state of the field through chapters by participants in the 1990 and 2010 meetings and will also document an interdisciplinary research agenda for the future.


Information fusion and geographic information systems (IF & GIS 2013) : environmental and urban challenges

Recommending faculty:Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 160, 175, 222)

Editor Vasily Popovich
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

The Workshop Proceedings reflect problems of advanced geo-information science with a special emphasis on environmental and urban challenges. The Proceedings incorporate papers presented by leading scientists doing research on environmental issues from modeling to analysis, information processing and visualization. As well as practitioners engaged in GIS and GIS applications development. The Proceedings pay close attention to the problems of scientific and technological innovations as well application opportunities such as getting environmental and global warming problems under control, as well as the monitoring, planning and simulation of urban systems with respect to economic trends as related to: Artificial intelligence; GIS ontologies; GIS data integration and modeling; Environmental management ; Urban GIS; Transportation GIS; GIS data fusion; GIS and corporate information systems; GIS and real-time monitoring systems; GIS algorithms and computational issues; Landscape studies; Global warming; GIS and the Arctic sea; Novel and emerging GIS research areas; Maritime and environmental GIS; and Coastal GIS.


GPS stochastic modelling : signal quality measures and ARMA processes

Recommending faculty:Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 154, 168, 174, GmE 211, 242)

Author Xiaoguang Luo
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, have become an efficient, reliable and standard tool for a wide range of applications. However, when processing GNSS data, the stochastic model characterising the precision of observations and the correlations between them is usually simplified and incomplete, leading to overly optimistic accuracy estimates.

This work extends the stochastic model using signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) measurements and time series analysis of observation residuals. The proposed SNR-based observation weighting model significantly improves the results of GPS data analysis, while the temporal correlation of GPS observation noise can be efficiently described by means of autoregressive moving average (ARMA) processes. Furthermore, this work includes an up-to-date overview of the GNSS error effects and a comprehensive description of various mathematical methods.


Visualizing data patterns with micromaps

Recommending faculty:Prof. Wilfredo Rada,Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 38, 173)

Authors Daniel B. Carr, Linda Williams Pickle
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher Chapman & Hall/CRC

After more than 15 years of development drawing on research in cognitive psychology, statistical graphics, computer science, and cartography, micromap designs are becoming part of mainstream statistical visualizations. Bringing together the research of two leaders in this field, Visualizing Data Patterns with Micromaps presents the many design variations and applications of micromaps, which link statistical information to an organized set of small maps. This full-color book helps readers simultaneously explore the statistical and geographic patterns in their data.

After illustrating the three main types of micromaps, the authors summarize the research behind the design of visualization tools that support exploration and communication of spatial data patterns. They then explain how these research findings can be applied to micromap designs in general and detail the specifics involved with linked, conditioned, and comparative micromap designs. To compare and contrast their purposes, limitations, and strengths, the final chapter applies all three of these techniques to the same demographic data for Louisiana before and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Supplementary website
Offering numerous ancillary features, the book’s website at http://mason.gmu.edu/~dcarr/Micromaps/ provides many boundary files and real data sets that address topics, such species biodiversity and alcoholism. One complete folder of data examples presents cancer statistics, risk factors, and demographic data. The site includes CCmaps, the dynamic implementation of conditioned micromaps written in Java, as well as a link to a generalized micromaps program. It also contains R functions and scripts for linked and comparative micromaps, enabling re-creation of all the corresponding examples in the book.


Biophysical applications of satellite remote sensing

Recommending faculty:Prof. Jennifer Fabular (GE 179, 212, GmE 211)

Editor Jonathan M. Hanes
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

A variety of biophysical applications (e.g. leaf area index and gross primary productivity) have been derived from measurements of the Earth system obtained remotely by NASA’s MODIS sensors and other satellite platforms. In Biophysical Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing, the authors describe major applications of satellite remote sensing for studying Earth’s biophysical phenomena. The focus of the book lies on the broad palette of specific applications (metrics) of biophysical activity derived using satellite remote sensing. With in-depth discussions of satellite-derived biophysical metrics that focus specifically on theory, methodology, validation, major findings, and directions of future research, this book provides an excellent resource for remote sensing specialists, ecologists, geographers, biologists, climatologists, and environmental scientists.


Knowledge systems of societies for adaptation and mitigation of impacts of climate change

Recommending faculty:Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GmE 202)

Editor Nautiyal Sunil
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

Climate change is broadly recognized as a key environmental issue affecting social and ecological systems worldwide. At the Cancun summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 16th Conference, the parties jointly agreed that the vulnerable groups particularly in developing countries and whose livelihood is based on land use practices are the most common victims as in most cases their activities are shaped by the climate. Therefore, solving the climate dilemma through mitigation processes and scientific research is an ethical concern. Thus combining the knowledge systems of the societies and scientific evidences can greatly assist in the creation of coping mechanisms for sustainable development in a situation of changing climate. International Humboldt Kolleg focusing on “knowledge systems of societies and Climate Change” was organized at ISEC. This event was of unique importance, as the year 2011-12 was celebrated as the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between India and Germany with the motto “Germany and India – Infinite Opportunities.” This volume is the outcome of the papers presented during the IHK 2011 at ISEC, India.


Geoid determination : theory and methods

Recommending faculty:Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 153, GmE 211)

Editors Fernando Sansò, Michael Sideris
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

This book will be based on the material of the lecture noties in several International Schools for the Determination and Use of the Geoid, organized by the International Geoid Serivice of the International Association of Geodesy. It consolidates, unifies, and streamlines this material in a unique way not covereed by the few other books that exist on this subjext. More specifically, the book presents (for the first time in a single volume) the theory and methodology of the most common technique used for precise determination of the geoid, including the computation of the marine geoid from satellite altimetry data. These are illustrated by specific examples and actual computations of local geoids. In addition, the book provides the fundamentals of estimating orthometric heights without spirit levelling, by properly combining a geoid with heights from GPS. Besides the geodectic and geophysical uses, this last application has made geoid computation methods very popular in recent years because the entire GPS and GIS user communities are interested in estimating geoid undulations in order to convert GPS heights to physically meaningful orthometric heights (elevations above mean sea level). The overall purpose of the book is, therefore, to provide the user community (academics, graduate students, geophysicists, engineers, oceanographers, GIS and GPS users, researchers) with a self-contained textbook, which will supply them with the complete roadmap of estimating geoid undulations, from the theoretical definitions and formulas to the available numerical methods and their implementation and the test in practice.


Environmental geoinformatics : monitoring and management

Recommending faculty:Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 190)

Authors Joseph L. Awange, John B. Kyalo Kiema
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer-Verlag

There is no doubt that today, perhaps more than ever before, humanity faces a myriad of complex and demanding challenges. These include natural resource depletion and environmental degradation, food and water insecurity, energy shortages, diminishing biodiversity, increasing losses from natural disasters, and climate change with its associated potentially devastating consequences, such as rising sea levels.
These human-induced and natural impacts on the environment need to be well understood in order to develop informed policies, decisions, and remedial measures to mitigate current and future negative impacts. To achieve this, continuous monitoring and management of the environment to acquire data that can be soundly and rigorously analyzed to provide information about its current state and changing patterns, and thereby allow predictions of possible future impacts, are essential. Developing pragmatic and sustainable solutions to address these and many other similar challenges requires the use of geodata and the application of geoinformatics.
This book presents the concepts and applications of geoinformatics, a multidisciplinary field that has at its core different technologies that support the acquisition, analysis and visualization of geodata for environmental monitoring and management. We depart from the 4D to the 5D data paradigm, which defines geodata accurately, consistently, rapidly and completely, in order to be useful without any restrictions in space, time or scale to represent a truly global dimension of the digital Earth. The book also features the state-of-the-art discussion of Web-GIS.
The concepts and applications of geoinformatics presented in this book will be of benefit to decision-makers across a wide range of fields, including those at environmental agencies, in the emergency services, public health and epidemiology, crime mapping, environmental management agencies, tourist industry, market analysis and e-commerce, or mineral exploration, among many others.

The title and subtitle of this textbook convey a distinct message. Monitoring -the passive part in the subtitle – refers to observation and data acquisition, whereas management – the active component – stands for operation and performance. The topic is our environment, which is intimately related to geoinformatics. The overall message is: all the mentioned elements do interact and must not be separated. Hans-Peter B ahr, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.


Refrigeration and air conditioning, 3rd Ed.

Donated by: Mr. Michael Leongson Tan

Author C.P. Arora
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw-Hill

The need for a modern textbook in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning has been felt for a long time. This book presents a basic as well as applied thermodynamic treatment of the subject in a very comprehensive manner based on years of teaching and learning effort at the Indian Institutes of Technology, Mumbai and Delhi, and interaction with the industry.

The book is intended to serve as a text for undergraduate and to some extend postgraduate students of engineering. A few texts follow the extremely rigorous approach, whereas others are restricted to merely elementary and empirical form. In this text a conscious effort has been made to maintain a reasonable level of rigour, but at the same time to employ simple techniques for solving fairly complex problems Throughout the book, emphasis has been laid on physical understanding while at the same time relying on simple analytical treatment. A sound physical basis has also been laid for obtaining fairly precise estimates of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.


Aerodynamics for engineers, 5th Ed.

Doanted by:Mr. Michael Leongson Tan

Authors John J. Bertin, Russell M. Cummings
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ/td>
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Pearson/Prentice Hall<

Revised to reflect the technological advances and modern application in Aerodynamics, the Fifth Edition of Aerodynamics for Engineers merges fundamental fluid mechanics, experimental techniques, and computational fluid dynamics techniques to build a solid foundation for students in aerodynamic applications from low-speed flight through hypersonic flight. It presents a background discussion of each topic followed by a presentation of the theory, and then derives fundamental equations, applies them to simple computational techniques, and compares them to experimental data.


Audel automated machines and toolmaking, 5th Ed.

Donated by:Mr. Michael Leongson Tan

Authors Rex Miller, Mark Richard Miller
Place of Publication Indianapolis, IN
Date of Publication c2004
Publisher Wiley

Here, fully updated to include new machines and electronic and digital controls, is the ultimate guide to automated machines and toolmaking. Whether you’re a professional machinist, an apprentice, or a trade student, this fully illustrated volume helps you work with metal-safely, precisely, efficiently-using today’s tools and techniques. It’s packed with review questions for students, and loaded with answers you need on the job.
* Understand automated machine fundamentals and work with jigs and fixtures
* Learn the basics of spiral and helix milling, gear cutting, and cam machining
* Discover how to cut, punch, or shape a die with minimum waste
* Master the operations of today’s grinders and lapping machines
* Find out all about toolmaking, from allowances and tolerances to layouts and master plates
* Follow the clear, step-by-step illustrations to gain a hands-on knowledge of techniques and procedures.


Dominador I. Ilio : engineer, poet, writer

Donated by: Beta Epsilon Fraternity

Authors Arnold Alamon and Ramon Ramirez
Place of Publication Quezon City
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Beta Epsilon Alumni Inc.

This book was first suggested in 2004 by a friend of Prof. Dominador Ilio to put in print the life of an accomplished engineer, poet and writer; one who knew many aspects of UP life since the 1930s. Prof. Ilio welcomed the idea and thought he would write his story himself

After he passed away in 2006 at 92 without leaving a manuscript, his fraternity brothers in Beta Epsilon Alumni, Inc. (BEAI) revived the idea. Nothing much came out of it until 2009 when BEAI President Roger Victor Buendia (now, Executive Vice President & COO of PNOC Renewables Corporation) pushed for the book project in a very determined way by creating in mid-2009 a Dom Ilio Book Project Committee.

Dominador Ilio, Jr. gave the committee free access to the many memorabilia items of Prof. Ilio, including thick notes of what we discovered to be the initial drafts for his autobiographical book. Fraternity brothers led by industrialist Manuel Agustines and construction magnate Isidro Consunji provided the funds for the digital archiving of the memorabilia items and the writing and publication of a biography book.

This book aims to provide the readers, especially the youth, an idea of how a young man from a small town in a Visayan province struggled to acquire an education and training to become an engineer, poet, and writer in order to better serve his country.

The book committee acknowledges with much thanks the full assistance extended by Dominador Ilio, Jr, and the Ilio family. It likewise greatly appreciates the moral and financial support by the brothers of Beta Epsilon fraternity.


Illuminated isles : empowering the Philippine countryside through rural electrification

Author National Electrification Administration
Place of Publication Cubao, Quezon City
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Project Brio Media House

Illuminated Isles is more than a coffee book or a commemoration of the National Electrification Administration’s nearly five decades of service.

It is history, tribute, travelogue, pictorial journey–the sum of many parts that makes rural electrification one of the most successful programs undertaken by the Philippine government.

To tell the story, this book is divided into two chapters.

Chapter I consists of stories of energized cities, towns, and sitios throughout the country. These accounts aim to transport you to each place–whether it’s a building city like Gensan or an isolated village in the protected wetlands of Agusan–to show you beauty of place, richness of culture, and the progress that’s possible in an energized community.

The stories represent various regions of the Philippines and are arranged chronologically, beginning with a story on the heritage of Region I and ending with a profile of a day in the life of the floating village of Sitangkai in ARMM. You’ll also find, alongside the main story, a fast fact on the electric cooperative (EC) that services the area.

Chapter II takes a closer look at some of the ECs that energized these regions and the private power companies that helped make it possible. The stories are presented alphabetically, but each one can be read in the order you prefer.

The photographs that lavishly illustrate the book deepen our appreciation of the different facets of Philippine life: from common sights viewed in an extraordinary way to little-seen corners of the Philippines.

Finally, NEA and Project Brio Media House wish to thank everyone who made this book possible: the ECs for being kind and generous hosts, the locals who shared their stories or contributed information, and the sponsors without whom this book would not have seen the light of day. Their support and generosity are acknowledged in a section that follows Chapter II.

Every effort was made to include the most-up-to-date information as of publishing time. We relied on resource persons, interviews, and published materials for accuracy. We can only hope that you find the fruits of our labor, this book in your hands, informative and inspiring.


American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers handbook : refrigeration

Donated by: Mr. Augusto Lucero (ME)

Place of Publication Atlanta, GA
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher ASHRAE

The 2014 ASHRAE Handbook€”Refrigeration covers the refrigeration equipment and systems for applications other than human comfort. This volume includes data and guidance on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial and medical applications of refrigeration; and low-temperature refrigeration; and includes a dual-unit CD.
CD System Requirements: Windows: CD-ROM drive; 1.3 GHz or faster processor; Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (62-bit and 64-big); 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended); Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher; Adobe Acrobat/Reader 10.0 or higher; 350 MB hard-disk space. Macintosh: Mac OS X v. 10.5.8 or v. 10.6.4; 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended); 415 MB hard-disk space; 800 x 600 screen resolution (1024 x 768 recommended); Safari 4 for Mac OS X v. 10.5.8, Safari 4 or 5.0x for Mac OS X v. 10.6.4, Safari 6.0 for Mac OS X v. 10.7.4 or v. 10.8; Firefox; Adobe Acrobat/Reader 10.0 or higher. Citation: 2014 ASHRAE Handbook

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education.

The ASHRAE Handbooks are the design standard for control of built environments with volumes on Systems and Equipment, HVAC Applications, Refrigeration and Fundamentals. Each is updated every four years. In addition to publishing design guidance for engineers, architects, and facility managers, we also publish a series of texts for classroom use.

Some of the areas we publish in include:
-Energy Modeling and Auditing
-High Performance Building Design
-Psychrometrics
-Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Quality
-Data Center Energy Efficiency
-Noise & Vibration Control
-Humidity Control
-HVAC for Healthcare Facilities.

Aug 15

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Remote sensing of coastal environments

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Editor Yeqiao Wang
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

As coastal environments around the world face unprecedented natural and anthropogenic threats, advancements in the technologies that support geospatial data acquisition, imaging, and computing have profoundly enhanced monitoring capabilities in coastal studies. Providing systematic treatment of the key developments, Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments brings together renowned scholars to supply a clear presentation of the state-of-the-art in this technically complex arena.

Edited by a recipient of the prestigious PECASE award, this book provides unrivaled coverage of the issues unique to coastal environments. It presents the best available data for measuring and monitoring coastal zones and explains how decision makers and resource managers can use this data to address contemporary issues in coastal zone management. The text illustrates the latest developments in active remote sensing, hyperspectral remote sensing, high spatial resolution remote sensing, the integration of remote sensing and in situ data, and covers the effects of land-cover and land-use change on coastal environments.

Complete with representative case studies, this authoritative resource provides a timely snapshot of the wide range of remote sensing applications in coastal issues to enhance the understanding of how increasing disturbances to our coastal regions are affecting the ecological dynamics, biological diversity, and ecosystem health of our coastal environments.


Fundamentals of satellite remote sensing

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong ( GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Author Emilio Chuvieco
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

An extensive review of remote sensing principles with an emphasis on environmental applications, Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing discusses a wide range of topics, from physical principles to data acquisition systems and on to visual and digital interpretation techniques. The text focuses on the interpretation and analysis of remote sensing images and how they improve our understanding of environmental processes and their interaction with human activities.

The authors discuss new interpretation approaches, including hyperspectral analysis, high-spatial resolution data, and radiative transfer models. The presentation includes an analysis of accuracy assessment methods and demonstrates how to integrate remote sensing results with geographic information systems. It also covers recent missions, such as Terra-Aqua, Envisat, Ikonos-Quickbird-Geoeye and SPOT-5, as well as LIDAR and interpherometric radar.

The discussion of visual criteria to extract interpretation from satellite images emphasizes differences and similarities with conventional photo-interpretation techniques. A chapter on accuracy assessment and the connection between remote sensing and geographic information systems helps readers extend the interpretation of satellite images to a more operational, applications-oriented framework.


Classification methods for remotely sensed data

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Authors Brandt Tso, Paul M. Mather
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Since the publishing of the first edition of Classification Methods for Remotely Sensed Data in 2001, the field of pattern recognition has expanded in many new directions that make use of new technologies to capture data and more powerful computers to mine and process it. What seemed visionary but a decade ago is now being put to use and refined in commercial applications as well as military ones.

Keeping abreast of these new developments, Classification Methods for Remotely Sensed Data, Second Edition provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the entire field of classification methods applied to remotely sensed data. This second edition provides seven fully revised chapters and two new chapters covering support vector machines (SVM) and decision trees. It includes updated discussions and descriptions of Earth observation missions along with updated bibliographic references. After an introduction to the basics, the text provides a detailed discussion of different approaches to image classification, including maximum likelihood, fuzzy sets, and artificial neural networks.

This cutting-edge resource:

Presents a number of approaches to solving the problem of allocation of data to one of several classes
Covers potential approaches to the use of decision trees
Describes developments such as boosting and random forest generation
Reviews lopping branches that do not contribute to the effectiveness of the decision trees
Complete with detailed comparisons, experimental results, and discussions for each classification method introduced, this book will bolster the work of researchers and developers by giving them access to new developments. It also provides students with a solid foundation in remote sensing data classification methods.


Recent advances in remote sensing and geoinformation processing for land degradation assessment

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Editors Achim Roder & Joachim Hill
Place of Publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press/Balkema

Land degradation and desertification are amongst the most severe threats to human welfare and the environment, as they affect the livelihoods of some 2 billion people in the world’s drylands, and they are directly connected to pressing global environmental problems, such as the loss of biological diversity or global climate change. Strategies to combat these processes and mitigate their effects at the land-management and policy level require spatially explicit, up-to-date information, which can be provided based on remote sensing data and using geoinformation processing techniques.

Recent Advances in Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing for Land Degradation Assessment introduces the current state of the art in this field and provides an overview of both conceptual and technological advances of the recent past. With a specific focus on desertification and land degradation, the volume covers the assessment of related biophysical indicators, as well as complementary qualitative information at different spatial and temporal scales. It is shown how remote sensing data may be utilized in the context of assessing and monitoring affected ecosystems and how this information may be assimilated into integrated interpretation and modelling concepts. In addition, different case studies are provided to demonstrate the implementation of these methods in the frame of different local settings.

The volume will be of interest to scientists and students working at the interface of ecosystem services, land degradation/desertification, spatial ecology, remote sensing and spatial modelling, as well as to land managers and policy makers.


Modelling urban development with geographical information systems and cellular automata

Recommending faculty: Dr. (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Authoor Yan Liu
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Urban development and migration from rural to urban areas are impacting prime agricultural land and natural landscapes, particularly in the less developed countries. These phenomena will persist and require serious study by those monitoring global environmental change. To address this need, various models have been devised to analyze urbanization and the physical, socioeconomic, and institutional factors impacting urban development.

The most promising and rapidly developing of these paradigms take advantage of new Geographical Information System (GIS) technology. Modelling Urban Development with Geographical Information Systems and Cellular Automata presents one such cutting-edge model that is more than just predictive. It describes how the model simulates the urbanization process, and it provides theoretical context to promote understanding. Starting with a practical overview of the modelling techniques used in urban development research, the author focuses on the cellular automata model and its greatest strength – the incorporation of fuzzy set and fuzzy logic approaches through which urban development can be viewed as a spatially and temporally continuous process.

Real-Life Application to Develop Future Planning Methods
The text describes a landmark study underway, in which the fuzzy constrained cellular automata model has been implemented in a GIS environment to simulate urban development in Sydney, Australia. Featuring a survey of associated research and a geographical database for the Sydney simulation, this book answers many general “what if” questions for urban planners and details a new approach that they can adapt to their own testing and evaluation needs. This modeling method will provide researchers and planners with the means to not just predict population trends, but to better prepare for their consequences.


Spatial epidemiological approaches in disease mapping and analysis

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 128, GmE 221)

Author Poh-Chin Lai, Fun-Mun So, Ka-Wing Chan
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Containing method descriptions and step-by-step procedures, the Spatial Epidemiological Approaches in Disease Mapping and Analysis equips readers with skills to prepare health-related data in the proper format, process these data using relevant functions and software, and display the results as mapped or statistical summaries. Describing the wide range of available methods and key GIS concepts for spatial epidemiology, this book illustrates the utilities of the software using real-world data. Additional topics include geographic data models, address matching, geostatistical analysis, universal kriging, point pattern analysis, kernel density, spatio-temporal display, and disease surveillance.


Microwave propagation and remote sensing : atmospheric influences with models and applications

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Prof. Ayin Tamondong ()

Author Pranab Kumar Karmakar
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher CRC Press

Because prevailing atmospheric/troposcopic conditions greatly influence radio wave propagation above 10 GHz, the unguided propagation of microwaves in the neutral atmosphere can directly impact many vital applications in science and engineering. These include transmission of intelligence, and radar and radiometric applications used to probe the atmosphere, among others.

Where most books address either one or the other, Microwave Propagation and Remote Sensing: Atmospheric Influences with Models and Applications melds coverage of these two subjects to help readers develop solutions to the problems they present. This reference offers a brief, elementary account of microwave propagation through the atmosphere and discusses radiometric applications in the microwave band used to characterize and model atmospheric constituents, which is also known as remote sensing.

Summarizing the latest research results in the field, as well as radiometric models and measurement methods, this book covers topics including:

Free space propagation
Reflection, interference, polarization, and other key aspects of electromagnetic wave propagation
Radio refraction and its effects on propagation delay
Methodology of estimating water vapor attenuation using radiosonde data
Knowledge of rain structures and use of climatological patterns to estimate/measure attenuation of rain, snow, fog, and
other prevalent atmospheric particles and human-made substances
Dual/multifrequency methodology to deal with the influence of clouds on radiometric attenuation
Deployment of microwaves to ascertain various tropospheric conditions
Composition and characteristics of the troposphere, to help readers fully understand microwave propagation
Derived parameters of water, free space propagation, and conditions and variable constituents such as water vapor and
vapor pressure, density, and ray bending


Airborne and terrestrial laser scanning

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez,Prof. Ayin Tamondong ( GE 12)

Editors George Vosselman, Hans-Gerd Maas
Place of Publication Dunbeath, Scotland, UK
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher Whittles Publishing

Written by a team of international experts, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the major applications of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning. It focuses on principles and methods and presents an integrated treatment of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning technology. After consideration of the technology and processing methods, the book turns to applications, such as engineering, forestry, cultural heritage, extraction of 3D building models, and mobile mapping. This book brings together the various facets of the subject in a coherent text that will be relevant for advanced students, academics and practitioners.


GPS for land surveyors

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 10, 119, GmE 242, 243)

Author Jan Van Sickle
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher CRC Press

Since the last edition of this international bestseller, GPS has grown to become part of a larger international context, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Both GPS and GNSS technologies are becoming ever more important in the everyday practice of survey and mappers. With GPS for Land Surveyors, Third Edition, a book written by a land surveyor, for land surveyors, you can stay in the know on the latest GPS techniques, technologies, codes, and signals.

What’s New to the Third Edition?

Sections on Real-Time Network Services, Block IIF, and control segment modernization
GPS code, such as the M-code, L1C, and L2C
An entire chapter dedicated to GNSS
Discussion of the Russian GLONASS system, the Chinese Beidou system, and the Japanese QZSS
From fundamental theory to practical application and advanced technologies, the book covers GPS without pages of complicated math. It demonstrates the basics of GPS technology, common hardware, surveying methods, survey design, planning, and observation. Additionally, each chapter includes helpful review questions and answers. GPS and GNSS are revolutionizing the practice of surveying and mapping. This user-friendly manual gives you the tools needed to understand and use these important technologies in everyday practice.


Hyperspectral remote sensing of tropical and sub-tropical forests

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 179, 212, GmE 202, 232)

Editors Margaret Kalacska, G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher CRC Press

While frequently used in temperate environments, hyperspectral sensors and data are still a novelty in the tropics. Exploring the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing for assessing ecosystem characteristics, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests focuses on the complex and unique set of challenges involved in using this technology and the data it provides.

Special Features

A CD-ROM including hyperspectral color images
Coverage of in situ spectroscopy, airborne and satellite-based remote sensing, and fusion with other forms of data such
as LiDAR
Peer-reviewed chapters that highlight the most innovative achievements
Discussion of the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing to provide tools for assessing ecosystem characteristics at
various spatial and temporal scales
Experts from Diverse Backgrounds Share Their Successes

The book explores a range of analysis techniques, including hyperspectral reflectance indices, spectral mixture analysis, pattern classification, band selection, partial least-squares, linear discriminant analysis, and radiative transfer models. The chapter authors present a comprehensive review of the current status and innovative achievements in the field, citing approximately six hundred studies. As illustrated by the diverse backgrounds of the contributors, the most successful use of hyperspectral data requires a multidisciplinary approach spanning a wide range of fields.

Go Beyond the Basics to Actual Application

Although it begins by touching on the basics, this book is not a tutorial in remote sensing, but a reference that illustrates the potential applications and analysis techniques that can be used when facing the unique challenge of working in the tropics. It presents real-world examples and a suite of analysis techniques for using hyperspectral remote sensing in complex and diverse regions.


Hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202, 232)

Editors Prasad S. Thenkabail, John G. Lyon, Alfredo Huete
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher CRC Press

Hyperspectral narrow-band (or imaging spectroscopy) spectral data are fast emerging as practical solutions in modeling and mapping vegetation. Recent research has demonstrated the advances in and merit of hyperspectral data in a range of applications including quantifying agricultural crops, modeling forest canopy biochemical properties, detecting crop stress and disease, mapping leaf chlorophyll content as it influences crop production, identifying plants affected by contaminants such as arsenic, demonstrating sensitivity to plant nitrogen content, classifying vegetation species and type, characterizing wetlands, and mapping invasive species. The need for significant improvements in quantifying, modeling, and mapping plant chemical, physical, and water properties is more critical than ever before to reduce uncertainties in our understanding of the Earth and to better sustain it. There is also a need for a synthesis of the vast knowledge spread throughout the literature from more than 40 years of research.

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation integrates this knowledge, guiding readers to harness the capabilities of the most recent advances in applying hyperspectral remote sensing technology to the study of terrestrial vegetation. Taking a practical approach to a complex subject, the book demonstrates the experience, utility, methods and models used in studying vegetation using hyperspectral data. Written by leading experts, including pioneers in the field, each chapter presents specific applications, reviews existing state-of-the-art knowledge, highlights the advances made, and provides guidance for the appropriate use of hyperspectral data in the study of vegetation as well as its numerous applications, such as crop yield modeling, crop and vegetation biophysical and biochemical property characterization, and crop moisture assessment.

This comprehensive book brings together the best global expertise on hyperspectral remote sensing of agriculture, crop water use, plant species detection, vegetation classification, biophysical and biochemical modeling, crop productivity and water productivity mapping, and modeling. It provides the pertinent facts, synthesizing findings so that readers can get the correct picture on issues such as the best wavebands for their practical applications, methods of analysis using whole spectra, hyperspectral vegetation indices targeted to study specific biophysical and biochemical quantities, and methods for detecting parameters such as crop moisture variability, chlorophyll content, and stress levels. A collective “knowledge bank,” it guides professionals to adopt the best practices for their own work.


Image analysis, classification, and change detection in remote sensing : with algorithms for ENVI/IDL, 2nd Ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez,Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Author Morton J. Canty
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Demonstrating the breadth and depth of growth in the field since the publication of the popular first edition, Image Analysis, Classification and Change Detection in Remote Sensing, with Algorithms for ENVI/IDL, Second Edition has been updated and expanded to keep pace with the latest versions of the ENVI software environment. Effectively interweaving theory, algorithms, and computer codes, the text supplies an accessible introduction to the techniques used in the processing of remotely sensed imagery.

This significantly expanded edition presents numerous image analysis examples and algorithms, all illustrated in the array-oriented language IDL―allowing readers to plug the illustrations and applications covered in the text directly into the ENVI system―in a completely transparent fashion. Revised chapters on image arrays, linear algebra, and statistics convey the required foundation, while updated chapters detail kernel methods for principal component analysis, kernel-based clustering, and classification with support vector machines.

Additions to this edition include:

An introduction to mutual information and entropy
Algorithms and code for image segmentation
In-depth treatment of ensemble classification (adaptive boosting )
Improved IDL code for all ENVI extensions, with routines that can take advantage of the parallel computational power of
modern graphics processors
Code that runs on all versions of the ENVI/IDL software environment from ENVI 4.1 up to the present―available on the
author’s website
Many new end-of-chapter exercises and programming projects
With its numerous programming examples in IDL and many applications supporting ENVI, such as data fusion, statistical change detection, clustering and supervised classification with neural networks―all available as downloadable source code―this self-contained text is ideal for classroom use or self study.


Datums and map projections for remote sensing, GIS and surveying, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Authors Jonathan C. Iliffe, Roger Lott
Place of Publication Dunbeath, Scotland, UK
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher Whittles Publishing

Over the years since its first appearance, “datums and map projections” has become a key book for many students and professionals around the world. Its theme – a practical guide to coordinate reference systems – is as important now as when it was first published, probably more so when we consider the ever growing use of satellite navigation systems and the introduction of web mapping services such as google earth.while retaining the benefits of the first edition – clear presentation assuming no prior knowledge, a problem-solving approach, practical examples and the combination of gps-derived data with data from other sources – the rewritten and expanded second edition offers very much more: a different structure to give a better grouping of common themes; greater scope to cover all possible different types of coordinate reference system that are used in mapping and related areas; more examples and case studies from around the world; adoption of the terminology of the iso 19111 standard (spatial referencing by coordinates); and use of colour illustrations. This remains a vital text for students and practitioners in all areas of geomatics – surveying, remote sensing, gis, gps – and much more. Its accessible nature also makes it suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject and its applications.


Imaging with synthetic aperture radar

Recommending faculty: Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GmE 230)

Authors Didier Massonnet & Jean-Claude Souyris
Place of Publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher EPFL Press

Describing a field that has been transformed by the recent availability of data from a new generation of space and airborne systems, the authors offer a synthetic geometrical approach to the description of synthetic aperture radar, one that addresses physicists, radar specialists, as well as experts in image processing.


Handbook of spatial statistics

Recommending faculty: Dr. ()

Editor Alan E. Gelfand … [et al.]
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Assembling a collection of very prominent researchers in the field, the Handbook of Spatial Statistics presents a comprehensive treatment of both classical and state-of-the-art aspects of this maturing area. It takes a unified, integrated approach to the material, providing cross-references among chapters.

The handbook begins with a historical introduction detailing the evolution of the field. It then focuses on the three main branches of spatial statistics: continuous spatial variation (point referenced data); discrete spatial variation, including lattice and areal unit data; and spatial point patterns. The book also contains a section on space–time work as well as a section on important topics that build upon earlier chapters.

By collecting the major work in the field in one source, along with including an extensive bibliography, this handbook will assist future research efforts. It deftly balances theory and application, strongly emphasizes modeling, and introduces many real data analysis examples.

Aug 12

Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 24 : June 27, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 188, no. 1 : July 4, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 188, no. 2-3 : July 11/18, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 188, no. 4 : July 25, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 188, no. 5 : August 1, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Time

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 188, no. 6 : August 8, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 109, no. 641 : July 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East


National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 230, no. 2 :June 2016
Publisher National Geographic Society

Aug 12

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Manual of geospatial science and technology

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 120, 190)

Editor John D. Bossler
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Following in the tradition of its popular predecessor, the Manual of Geospatial Science and Technology, Second Edition continues to be the authoritative volume that covers all aspects of the field, both basic and applied, and includes a focus on initiating, planning, and managing GIS projects. This comprehensive resource, which contains contributions from 53 leading experts and professors in the areas of GIS, GPS, and remote sensing, reflects the very latest advances in the technology, applications, and usage of the geospatial sciences in many key disciplines, from natural resource analysis to transportation planning.

Significantly updated and expanded, this reader-friendly manual introduces the fundamentals in mathematics and physics needed to perform area-wide mapping, inventory, data conversion, and analysis. The text maintains a focus on the practical aspects of these technologies and remains the only resource to cover the areas of GIS, GPS, and remote sensing with such breadth and clarity. An expanded index, new and revised figures, a color insert, and an easier to read format are among the many improvements to this edition.

New to the Second Edition:

Revised chapters reflecting the changes that have occurred in the technology, applications, and usage of geospacial science
Coverage of GIS applications in automobile navigation and enterprise-wide applications
A new chapter devoted to basic statistics and least squares solutions
Expanded international scope that addresses the other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including the Russian Federation system (GLONASS), the Chinese system (COMPASS), and the European space agency system (GALILEO)
A new chapter covering Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
A new chapter that addresses privacy issues, legal concerns, and the emerging field of public participation GIS (PPGIS)
New material on the expanding field of geovisualization
The text presents many real-world applications, including road map navigation using GPS, as well as problems associated with mapping, inventory of land parcels, and data analysis. Complete with helpful references, decision making tools, and many new case studies, this time-saving resource provides the practical understanding required to harness the potential of these dynamic technologies.


GIS, environmental modeling and engineering, 2nd Ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 160, 175, 222)

Author Allan Brimicombe
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher CRC Press

Spatial dimensions need to be properly captured if modeling and engineering techniques are to be successfully applied in addressing environmental problems. The links between the geographical information systems (GIS) that capture this data, simulation modeling, and engineering offer tremendous possibilities for building versatile support systems for managing the environment. GIS, Environmental Modeling and Engineering focuses on using GIS and external models to solve real environmental problems, promoting the critical thinking needed for the effective applications of these systems and their analytical outputs.

Divided into three major sections, this textbook first concentrates on defining GIS, identifying how data is structured, and explaining common functionality. The text examines GIS from a technological perspective, exploring the evolution of its scientific basis and its synergies with other technologies within a geocomputational paradigm. The next section explores modeling from a neutral scientific perspective in its role of simulating phenomena, as well as from a more specific perspective in its role within environmental science and engineering. The third and largest section looks at how GIS and simulation modeling are joined. It provides case studies and covers issues such as interoperability, data quality, model validity, space-time dynamics, and decision-support systems.

This volume provides seniors and postgraduate students with a structured, coherent text that goes beyond introductory subject matter by enabling readers to think critically about the data acquisition process and the results they get from the technology.


Spatial data quality : from process to decisions

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 128, GmE 221)

Editors Rodolphe Devillers, Helen Goodchild
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Producing maps that depict the real world accurately has been a major concern of cartographers for centuries. This is especially true today as escalating access to geospatial data and the subsequent increase in user-generated content provided by Web 2.0 have significantly altered the typical processes used to produce, distribute, and use geospatial data.

Focusing on users and decisions as well as the data, Spatial Data Quality: From Process to Decisions provides an up-to-date overview of scientific progress in this core sub-discipline of the Geographic Information Sciences. Presenting results from a number of current research projects in spatial data quality (SDQ) ― from the assessment of data accuracy to legal aspects relating to the quality of geographic information ― this reference reflects the changes in practice in response to the rapid technological developments over the past decade.

An impressive panel of internationally recognized expert contributors focuses on the relationship between the quality of geographic data and the quality of decisions based on such data. Structured for easy reference, the first section of the book discusses conceptual approaches to SDQ, the second presents a number of applications of spatial data quality methods, the third looks at SDQ issues for remote sensing data, and the final section presents papers that consider the interface between the law and SDQ.

In addition to the main chapters presented in each section, a number of shorter notes present on-going and recent research projects investigating various aspects of spatial data quality.


Principles of modeling uncertainties in spatial data and spatial analyses

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez (GE 128, GmE 221)

Authors Wenzhong Shi
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

When compared to classical sciences such as math, with roots in prehistory, and physics, with roots in antiquity, geographical information science (GISci) is the new kid on the block. Its theoretical foundations are therefore still developing and data quality and uncertainty modeling for spatial data and spatial analysis is an important branch of that theory. Principles of Modeling Uncertainties in Spatial Data and Spatial Analyses outlines the foundational principles and supplies a firm grasp of the disciplines’ theoretical underpinnings.

Comprehensive, Systematic Review of Methods for Handling Uncertainties

The book summarizes the principles of modeling uncertainty of spatial data and spatial analysis, and then introduces the developed methods for handling uncertainties in spatial data and modeling uncertainties in spatial models. Building on this foundation, the book goes on to explore modeling uncertainties in spatial analyses and describe methods for presentation of data as quality information. Progressing from basic to advanced topics, the organization of the contents reflects the four major theoretical breakthroughs in uncertainty modeling: advances in spatial object representation, uncertainty modeling for static spatial data to dynamic spatial analyses, uncertainty modeling for spatial data to spatial models, and error description of spatial data to spatial data quality control.

Determine Fitness-of-Use for Your Applications

Modeling uncertainties is essential for the development of geographic information science. Uncertainties always exist in GIS and are then propagated in the results of any spatial analysis. The book delineates how GIS can be a better tool for decision-making and demonstrates how the methods covered can be used to control the data quality of GIS products.


Geographic information systems in water resources engineering

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222 )

Author Lynn E. Johnson
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

State-of-the-art GIS spatial data management and analysis tools are revolutionizing the field of water resource engineering. Familiarity with these technologies is now a prerequisite for success in engineers’ and planners’ efforts to create a reliable infrastructure.

GIS in Water Resource Engineering presents a review of the concepts and applications of GIS in the various sub-fields of water resource engineering. After a summary review of analyses and database functions, the book addresses concepts and applications in the following areas:

Surface Water Hydrology
Groundwater Hydrology
Water Supply and Irrigation systems
Wastewater and Stormwater Systems
Floodplain Management
Water Quality
Water Resource Monitoring and Forecasting
River Basin Planning and Management
The book develops a general understanding of the nature of GIS and how it is used to create and analyze geographic data. The author first introduces primary field data collection methods and describes procedures for interpretation and analysis. The second portion of the book focuses on the linkage of GIS data with water resource analysis and management models. Applications are presented with descriptions of GIS database development, analysis background theory, and model integration with GIS.

The profound impact of GIS systems on water resources engineering continues to grow. GIS in Water Resource Engineering arms engineers and planners with an arsenal of tools to assist in the creation of a reliable, environmentally sensitive, infrastructure.


Quality aspects in spatial data mining

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez (GE 128, GmE 221) ()

Editors Alfred Stein, Wenzhong Shi, Wietske Bijker
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Taylor&Francis/CRC Press

Describes the State-of-the-Art in Spatial Data Mining, Focuses on Data Quality

Substantial progress has been made toward developing effective techniques for spatial information processing in recent years. This science deals with models of reality in a GIS, however, and not with reality itself. Therefore, spatial information processes are often imprecise, allowing for much interpretation of abstract figures and data. Quality Aspects in Spatial Data Mining introduces practical and theoretical solutions for making sense of the often chaotic and overwhelming amount of concrete data available to researchers.

In this cohesive collection of peer-reviewed chapters, field authorities present the latest field advancements and cover such essential areas as data acquisition, geoinformation theory, spatial statistics, and dissemination. Each chapter debuts with an editorial preview of each topic from a conceptual, applied, and methodological point of view, making it easier for researchers to judge which information is most beneficial to their work.

Chapters Evolve From Error Propagation and Spatial Statistics to Address Relevant Applications

The book advises the use of granular computing as a means of circumventing spatial complexities. This counter-application to traditional computing allows for the calculation of imprecise probabilities – the kind of information that the spatial information systems community wrestles with much of the time.

Under the editorial guidance of internationally respected geoinformatics experts, this indispensable volume addresses quality aspects in the entire spatial data mining process, from data acquisition to end user. It also alleviates what is often field researchers’ most daunting task by organizing the wealth of concrete spatial data available into one convenient source, thereby advancing the frontiers of spatial information systems.


Topographic laser ranging and scanning : principles and processing

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 12)

Editors Jie Shan and Charles K. Toth
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

A systematic, in-depth introduction to theories and principles of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology is long overdue, as it is the most important geospatial data acquisition technology to be introduced in recent years. An advanced discussion, this text fills the void.

Professionals in fields ranging from geology, geography and geoinformatics to physics, transportation, and law enforcement will benefit from this comprehensive discussion of topographic LiDAR principles, systems, data acquisition, and data processing techniques. The book covers ranging and scanning fundamentals, and broad, contemporary analysis of airborne LiDAR systems, as well as those situated on land and in space. The authors present data collection at the signal level in terms of waveforms and their properties; at the system level with regard to calibration and georeferencing; and at the data level to discuss error budget, quality control, and data organization. They devote the bulk of the book to LiDAR data processing and information extraction and elaborate on recent developments in building extraction and reconstruction, highlighting quality and performance evaluations. There is also extensive discussion of the state-of-the-art technological developments used in: filtering algorithms for digital terrain model generation; strip adjustment of data for registration; co-registration of LiDAR data with imagery; forestry inventory; and surveying.

Readers get insight into why LiDAR is the effective tool of choice to collect massive volumes of explicit 3-D data with unprecedented accuracy and simplicity. Compiled by leading experts talking about much of their own pioneering work, this book will give researchers, professionals, and senior students novel ideas to supplement their own experience and practices.


Spatial statistics : geospatial information modeling and thematic mapping

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 128, GmE 221)

Authors Mohammed A. Kalkhan
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

Geospatial information modeling and mapping has become an important tool for the investigation and management of natural resources at the landscape scale. Spatial Statistics: GeoSpatial Information Modeling and Thematic Mapping reviews the types and applications of geospatial information data, such as remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and GPS as well as their integration into landscape-scale geospatial statistical models and maps.

The book explores how to extract information from remotely sensed imagery, GIS, and GPS, and how to combine this with field data―vegetation, soil, and environmental―to produce a spatial model that can be reconstructed and displayed using GIS software. Readers learn the requirements and limitations of each geospatial modeling and mapping tool. Case studies with real-life examples illustrate important applications of the models.

Topics covered in this book include:

An overview of the geospatial information sciences and technology and spatial statistics
Sampling methods and applications, including probability sampling and nonrandom sampling, and issues to consider in sampling and plot design
Fine and coarse scale variability
Spatial sampling schemes and spatial pattern
Linear and spatial correlation statistics, including Moran’s I, Geary’s C, cross-correlation statistics, and inverse distance weighting
Geospatial statistics analysis using stepwise regression, ordinary least squares (OLS), variogram, kriging, spatial auto-regression, binary classification trees, cokriging, and geospatial models for presence and absence data
How to use R statistical software to work on statistical analyses and case studies, and to develop a geospatial statistical model
The book includes practical examples and laboratory exercises using ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, and other popular software for geospatial modeling. It is accessible to readers from various fields, without requiring advanced knowledge of geospatial information sciences or quantitative methods.


Geoinformatics in applied geomorphology

Recommending faculty: Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez (GE 190)

Editors Siddan Anbazhagan, S. K. Subramanian, Xiaojun Yang
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

With recent innovations in the arena of remote sensing and geographic information systems, the use of geoinformatics in applied geomorphology is receiving more attention than ever. Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology examines how modern concepts, technologies, and methods in geoinformatics can be used to solve a wide variety of applied geomorphologic problems, such as characterization of arid, coastal, fluvial, aeolian, glacial, karst, and tectonic landforms; natural hazard zoning and mitigations; petroleum exploration; and groundwater exploration and management.

Using case studies to illustrate concepts and methods, this book covers:

Arid environments, such as the Thar desert, West Texas, the Qatar Peninsula, and the Dead Sea areas
Coastal shoreline changes in Kuwait
Coastal zone management in India
Estuarine bathymetric study of Tampa Bay, Florida
Fluvial landforms of the Elbe river basin, Germany
Subsurface coastal geomorphology and coastal morphological changes due to tsunamis in the East coast of India
The Himalayas, Jammu & Kashmir, Western Ghats, and Precambrian terrain of South India
The result of extensive research by an interdisciplinary team of contributors, Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology is designed for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of geomorphology, geological engineering, geography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.


Advances in web-based GIS, mapping services and applications

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Editors Songnian Li, Suzana Dragicevic, Bert Veenendaal
Place of Publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press/Balkema

Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications is published as part of ISPRS WG IV/5 effort, and aims at presenting (1) Recent technological advancements, e.g., new developments under Web 2.0, map mashups, neogeography and the like; (2) Balanced theoretical discussions and technical implementations; (3) Commentary on the current stages of development; and (4) Prediction of developments over the next decade. Containing 21 contributions from 60 researchers active within ISPRS communities, most of them from academia and some from governments, the book covers a wide range of topics related to the state-of-the-art in web mapping/GIS and geographic information services. The volume is organized in five sections:

1. Analytical and Geospatial Services;

2. Performance;

3. Augmentation and LBS;

4. Collaboration and Decision Making, and 5. Open Standards for Geospatial Services.

Supported by a considerable number of technical details and examples, an overall view of the current achievements and progress made in the field of web-based GIS and mapping services is given. The chapters reflect timely and future developments addressing: constant updating of related web and geospatial technologies as well as the revolution of web mapping caused by mainstream IT vendors such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft; increased interest from industry on geo-spatial information technologies; and increasing demand from the general public for prompt and effective spatial information services. Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications will appeal to academia and researchers, application specialists and developers, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in distributed and web-based geoinformation systems and applications, geodatabases, and digital mapping.


Local models for spatial analysis, 2nd Ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez (GE 128, GmE 221)

Author Christopher D. Lloyd
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

Written in recognition of developments in spatial data analysis that focused on differences between places, the first edition of Local Models for Spatial Analysis broke new ground with its focus on local modelling methods. Reflecting the continued growth and increased interest in this area, the second edition describes a wide range of methods which account for local variations in geographical properties.

What’s new in the Second Edition:

Additional material on geographically-weighted statistics and local regression approaches
A better overview of local models with reference to recent critical reviews about the subject area
Expanded coverage of individual methods and connections between them
Chapters have been restructured to clarify the distinction between global and local methods
A new section in each chapter references key studies or other accounts that support the book
Selected resources provided online to support learning
An introduction to the methods and their underlying concepts, the book uses worked examples and case studies to demonstrate how the algorithms work their practical utility and range of application. It provides an overview of a range of different approaches that have been developed and employed within Geographical Information Science (GIScience). Starting with first principles, the author introduces users of GISystems to the principles and application of some widely used local models for the analysis of spatial data, including methods being developed and employed in geography and cognate disciplines. He discusses the relevant software packages that can aid their implementation and provides a summary list in Appendix A.

Presenting examples from a variety of disciplines, the book demonstrates the importance of local models for all who make use of spatial data. Taking a problem driven approach, it provides extensive guidance on the selection and application of local models.


GIS applications in agriculture. Volume two, Nutrient management for energy efficiency

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Editors David E. Clay, John F. Shanahan
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

We are entering a new era in production agronomics. Agricultural scientists the world over call for the development of techniques that simultaneously increase soil carbon storage and reduce agriculture’s energy use. In response, site-specific or precision agriculture has become the focus and direction for the three motivating forces that are changing agriculture today: the expanding capacity of personal computers, the molecular biology revolution, and the recent developments in information technology such as the increasing use of geographical information systems (GIS).

Using mathematics, technology, and creativity, GIS Applications in Agriculture, Volume Two: Nutrient Management for Energy Efficiency examines the development of nutrient management practices that help producers improve their profitability and energy efficiency. Throughout the book, chapters demonstrate how complex mathematical and spatial modeling approaches can provide the basis for much of our present and certainly our future management practices.

Highlighting recent successes and the nuts and bolts associated with implementing the proposed techniques, the book covers energy efficiency calculations, techniques for overcoming yield-limiting factors, soil information collection and analysis, and remote sensing for improving management decisions. It describes the development of an economically optimum site-specific corn plant population equation based on an experiment containing many field sites, the estimation of soil productivity and energy efficiency using online data sources, and the assessment and implementation of site-specific carbon and water management systems, analyzing energy efficiency of compost and manures.

Emphasizing the mathematics that will enable producers to make full use of the technological advances made during the 21st century, GIS Applications in Agriculture, Volume Two holds the key to the successful, sustainable, and efficient production of food to feed the ever increasing world population.


Location-based information systems : developing real-time tracking applications

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GmE 223)

Authors Miguel A. Labrador, Alfredo J. Perez, Pedro M. Wightman
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

Drawing on the authors’ more than six years of R&D in location-based information systems (LBIS) as well as their participation in defining the Java ME Location API 2.0, Location-Based Information Systems: Developing Real-Time Tracking Applications provides information and examples for creating real-time LBIS based on GPS-enabled cellular phones. Each chapter presents a general real-time tracking system example that can be easily adapted to target any application domain and that can incorporate other sensor data to make the system “participatory sensing” or “human-centric sensing.”

The book covers all of the components needed to develop an LBIS. It discusses cellular phone programming using the Java ME platform, positioning technologies, databases and spatial databases, communications, client- and server-side data processing, and real-time data visualization via Google Maps and Google Earth. Using freely available software, the authors include many code examples and detailed instructions for building your own system and setting up your entire development environment.

Web Resource
A companion website at www.csee.usf.edu/~labrador/LBIS provides additional information and supporting material. It contains all of the software packages and applications used in the text as well as PowerPoint slides and laboratory examples.

Although LBIS applications are still in the beginning stages, they have the potential to transform our daily lives, from warning us about possible health problems to monitoring pollution levels around us. Exploring this novel technology, Location-Based Information Systems describes the technical components needed to create location-based services with an emphasis on nonproprietary, freely available solutions that work across different technologies and platforms.


Global navigation satellite systems : insights into GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Compass, and others

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 154, 168, 174, GmE 211, 242)

Author B. Bhatta
Place of Publication Hyderabad, India
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher BS Publications

Includes detailed information on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Compass, and other regional and augmented systems
Sheds light on the latest developments and modern trends of GNSS
Offers practical guidance for surveying, mapping, and navigation
Includes questions at the end of every chapter
Contains a detailed glossary of terms and extensive reference list
Specifically designed as an introductory reference text, this volume provides a thorough coverage of the basic principles and techniques of GNSS. It starts with the history and basic concepts and subsequently provides an extensive coverage on every GNSS constellation, GNSS signals, errors and accuracy issues, positioning methods, augmentations, satellite geodesy, and GNSS receivers. It also presents a wide spectrum of GNSS applications and practical issues involved in surveying, mapping, and navigation.

Written in a clear style and including advanced topics, a detailed glossary, guidance on surveying, mapping and navigation along with numerous references, this volume is of use to students, researchers and professionals. It will specifically benefit those in geoinformatics, navigation, civil, construction, naval, aviation and transportation engineering working with GNSS for natural resources, agricultural and environmental information, geosciences and geography.


GIS applications in agriculture. Volume three, Invasive species

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Editor Sharon A. Clay
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher CRC Press

While many “alien” plant and animal species are purposefully introduced into new areas as ornamentals, livestock, crops, and even pets, these species can escape into other areas and threaten agricultural and native ecosystems causing economic and environmental harm, or harm to human health. Increasingly, scientists are using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to track and manage the invaders, mitigate the potential rate of spread and level of impact, and protect the native economy and ecosystem.

Beginning with an introduction to the use of GIS technology to capture, store, analyze, manage, and present data, GIS Applications in Agriculture, Volume Three: Invasive Species examines five relevant categories of geographic information including dispersal and transport, prediction and forecasting, mapping of current infestations, maps for management and control tactics, and impact assessment and method of control. It address GIS for studying the population ecology of a new species, niche requirements for species success, and the monitoring and control of several different species including Australian examples of intentionally introduced invasive species, insects and other animals that may also vector a disease, and invasive weed management from prediction to management.

Chapters cover maps and imageries available on various Web sites and provide step-by-step tutorials or case studies that allow manipulation of datasets featured on the accompanying CD-ROM to make maps, perform statistical analyses, and predict future problems. It offers hands-on experience with a variety of software programs that create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data and maps, and present the results of these operations in several different formats. Some of the programs are freeware, others are not, but each can be used to integrate, edit, share, and display geographic information. Color figures are also available on the CD-ROM.

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