Past Features

March 5, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 3)

Professor Maantay Wins Award for Mapping the Bronx

GIS for the Urban Environment
Environmental, Geographic and Geological Sciences (EGGS) Professor Juliana Maantay has received an Honorable Mention for her book, GIS for the Urban Environment, in a prestigious map design competition. Sponsored by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping as well as by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, the annual competition evaluates the most outstanding maps in new publications. The book was honored in the "Professional Atlas/Book" category, which is usually dominated by National Geographic projects. Professor Maantay commented that "it is wonderful to win an award for a book that highlights the geography of the Bronx and uses the Bronx environment as an example to demonstrate principles of mapping and spatial analysis."

GIS for the Urban Environment, co-authored with John Ziegler, focuses on the use of GIS (Geographic Information Science) in urban planning and problem solving, both in large and small cities and metropolitan areas. It points to potential uses of GIS in public health, urban environmental assessment, hazard and emergency management, geographical analysis, and sustainable community development. The book introduces the elements and issues involved in using GIS and includes a wide range of useful maps and illustrations.