The Geography of Transport Systems
Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2017), New York: Routledge, 440 pages.
ISBN 978-1138669574
The mobility of people, freight and information is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, distributing consumption goods, or supplying energy. Each movement has a purpose, an origin, a potential set of intermediate locations, a destination. Transport systems are the support and driver of this mobility and are composed of infrastructures, modes and terminals. This system enables the socio-economic life of individuals, institutions and corporations. Understanding how mobility is linked with geography is main the purpose of this textbook.
The Geography of transport systems provides an overview of the spatial aspects of transportation. It is divided in ten chapters, each covering a specific conceptual dimension including networks, modes, terminals, freight transportation, urban transportation and environmental impacts. The tenth chapter focuses on methodologies linked with transport geography such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and Geographic Information Systems for transportation (GIS-T). Mainly aimed at an undergraduate audience, The Geography of transport systems provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field with a broad overview of its concepts, methods and areas of application.
The fourth edition maintains the overall structure of its predecessors, with chapters dealing with specific conceptual dimensions and methodologies, but the contents have been revised and updated. It provides material about transportation issues to practitioners, policymakers, educators, researchers, students, and individual learners. It includes a wide variety of media elements such as maps, figures and PowerPoint presentations.
Like the previous three editions, the fourth edition is articulated along two core approaches to transport geography, one conceptual and the other methodological. The conceptual parts present some of the most relevant issues explaining contemporary transport geography. In addition to the more conventional topics related to transport modes, terminals, as well as urban transportation, emerging issues such as globalization, supply chain management, energy and the environment are also thoroughly discussed.
The methodological parts in the Appendix address how transportation information is used to assist transport operators allocate their resources (investments, vehicles) or to influence public policy. This includes a wide array of methods ranging from qualitative to quantitative. Since transport is a field of application, the use of methodologies is particularly relevant as they related to real world issues. The merging between methodologies and information technologies has led to many new opportunities, notably with the emergence of transportation geographic information systems (GIS-T). It has become a very active field of investigation and application.
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