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SOEE1160
Module Reading List

Computers and Programming in Geosciences, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Andrew Walker
a.walker@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Python and scientific computing

Anthony Scopatz and Kathryn D. Huff, "Effective computation in physics : field guide to research with Python ISBN: 9781491901595 (electronic bk.); 1491901594 (electronic bk.); 9781491901588 (electronic bk.); 1491901586 (electronic bk.); 9781491901533; 1491901535; 9781491901533" O'Reilly Media 2005
Chapters 2 - 6 cover most of the python taught on the course, while some of the later chapters address issues that we will touch on or which may be useful in future (e.g. for your final year research projects). Example code and errata can be found online.

The full official python documentation can be found online at https://docs.python.org/3/.
The Tutorial and Library Reference may be useful, but the rest of the documentation is aimed towards those who are extending or developing the language

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Linux and the command line

Anthony Scopatz and Kathryn D. Huff, "Effective computation in physics : field guide to research with Python ISBN: 9781491901595 (electronic bk.); 1491901594 (electronic bk.); 9781491901588 (electronic bk.); 1491901586 (electronic bk.); 9781491901533; 1491901535; 9781491901533" O'Reilly Media 2005 
Chapter 1 provides a useful guide the the Linux command line environment. See above for more details.

Mark G. Sobell A practical Guide to UNIX System V Addison Wesley, 1995

There are also some good online resources for Linux and UNIX. For example: http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~wjk/UnixIntro

 

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GIS basics

Gorr, W.L. & Kurland, K.S. (2008) GIS tutorial updated for ArcGIS 9.3 : workbook for ArcView 9. 3rd ed. Redlands, California, USA, ESRI Press.

Good basic step-by-step workbook for the latest version of ArcGIS. Note that tutorial files don't work in any earlier versions of Arc (including ArcGIS 9.2).

Heywood, I., Cornelius, S. & Carver, S. (2006) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. 3rd ed. Harlow, Essex, Pearson Prentice Hall.

A good general guide which isn't tied to one particular GIS application. Data for the exercises is available on the book's website and also questions to test your understanding.

Kennedy, K.H. (2009) Introduction to 3D data : modeling with ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth. Hoboken, N.J, Wiley.

Clear information on the use of ArcGIS and Google Earth for exploring data in 3d.

Kennedy, M. (2009) Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS. 2nd ed. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

A detailed work book rather than a straightforward reference guide - intended to be a complete course. Useful if you want to get more involved in GIS.

Bonham-Carter, G. (1994) Geographic information systems for geoscientists : modelling with GIS. New York, Pergamon.

Uses geological examples. Shows in detail the process of planning a project as well as basic information about GIS. Probably too much detail but gives an impression of what is possible.

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Principles of cartography or How to draw a better map!

As well as the technical skills involved in creating a map you should have some awareness of the principles necessary to produce a map that communicates information to your viewers in the best way possible. The references below will give you some ideas to start you off.

Darkes, G. & Spence, M. (2008) Cartography : an introduction. London, The British Cartographic Society.

Short guide to basic principles. Available from the British Cartographic Society at http://www.cartography.org.uk/default.asp? contentID=637 [Accessed: 10/1/11]

Frye, C. (2001) Making Maps that Communicate. ArcUser, (October - December), pp.38-43.

Available on-line at http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/1001/files/bettermaps.pdf [Accessed: 10/1/11]

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Journals

ArcUser - http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/index.html

Freely accessible on-line magazine from ESRI with articles on how to use ArcGIS as well as examples.

Journal of Maps - http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=tjom20&

Freely accessible peer-reviewed journal, though it is necessary to register to use it. Maps in pdf format with articles about the production. Look here for examples of a variety of maps, including regular special issues containing maps produced by students.

Using GIS

Examples of how GIS can be used for geological applications can be found on the following web sites.

ArcNews Summer 2008 Issue - GIS for Earth Science and Engineering [Internet]. Available from: http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/summer08articles/gis-for-earth-science.html [Accessed 28 August 2009].

GIS Application - Geology [Internet]. Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20090718221544/http://www.gisdevelopment.net/application/geology/geomorphology/index.htm [Accessed 08 March 2017].

This list was last updated on 30/07/2018