Books Authored by Dr. Tim Foresman

The History of Geographic Information Systems
Authored and Edited by Dr. Tim Foresman

This definitive book on the history of geographic information systems (GIS) takes account of the first 30 years development of the spatial information technology. Based on the first person accounts of the primary pioneers in the field of GIS, the book presents a comprehensive perspective on the numerous space-age technology developments and agency influences that enable this field to rapidly spread throughout the planet. Virtually every agency, municipality, state, nation, and business has incorporated GIS technology into its operations and decision support framework. From car navigation systems to the precursors of Google Earth, GIS has had a profound influence on the way society applies computer maps and spatial reasoning for commerce, transportation, land use management, and recreation. Considered a must read for any professional in the geographic, planning, engineering, or land management domains.

The Last Little Polar Bear
Dr. Tim Foresman, Author

This children's book provides an adventure story that engages children in an artic adventure, while being introduced to global environmental issues facing the planet. Cultural and environmental themes are interwoven in this classic tale for children of all ages. Follow the tale of two Inuit children who discover one of the remaining polar bears in a land of declining icescapes. A well balanced story with laughter and tears as native cultures grapple with the increasing challenges of living with the dynamics of climate change.

Visualizing Physical Geography
Dr. Tim Foresman, Author

Visualizing Physical Geography employs uniquely designed visual pedagogy to help students acquire the skills they need to become better learners. The 2nd edition, with lead author Dr. Tim Foresman, has refined and expanded the visuals using insights from research on student outcomes. 

The Visualizing approach uses a variety of research-based visuals to engage students so they become active participants in the learning process. Visualizing Physical Geography immerses students in course material through visuals (both in print and rich multimedia resources) while organizing complex processes and related course information into easily digestible segments.

Visualizing Physical Geography is a comprehensive, modern book for today's physical geography course. With current examples, thorough coverage of geographers' tools and technology, and a visual design that is accessible without sacrificing content, it is a title that will appeal to a broad range of instructors. 

The narrative and concepts are tightly linked to visual elements, including practical examples that highlight the relevance of the concepts. Maps are integrated throughout to help reveal patterns or trends. Divergent views and critical thinking are emphasized. Photographs and other visuals are also included to reinforce the concepts. 

International Journal of Digital Earth

Founding Editorial Member and Author
Digital Earth is a virtual representation of the planet, encompassing all its systems and forms, both natural environment and human societies, manifested as a multi-dimensional, multi-scale, multi-temporal, and multi-layer information facility. Digital Earth is the framework for geographically linked research and applications in the physical and social domains of the Earth, a digital modeling platform to monitor, measure, and forecast natural and human activity on the planet, and a visualization of the world. It is three-dimensional, four-dimensional if a temporal monitoring component is added, and even five-dimensional if scale is treated as a variable instead of a set of discrete steps. As a global initiative, Digital Earth aims to improve social conditions, protect the environment, and support future sustainable development. 

Gaia in Turmoil

Contributing Author
Gaian theory, which holds that Earth's physical and biological processes are inextricably bound to form a self-regulating system, is more relevant than ever in light of increasing concerns about global climate change. The Gaian paradigm of Earth as a living system, first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s, has inspired a burgeoning body of researchers working across disciplines that range from physics and biology to philosophy and politics. Gaia in Turmoil reflects this disciplinary richness and intellectual diversity, with contributions (including essays by both Lovelock and Margulis) that approach the topic from a wide variety of perspectives, discussing not only Gaian science but also global environmental problems and Gaian ethics and education.