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An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Studies

An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Studies

Second Edition

December 2012 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Covers a broad range of subjects that undergraduates in the discipline should be familiar and comfortable with upon graduation. From chapters on the scientific method and fundamental research concepts, to experimental design, sampling and statistical analysis, the text offers an excellent introduction to the key concepts of geographical research. The content is applicable for students at the beginning of their studies right through to planning and conducting dissertations. The book has also been of particular support in designing my level 1 and 2 tutorials which cover similar ground to several of the chapters."
- Joseph Mallalieu
, School of Geography, Leeds University

"Montello and Sutton is one of the best texts I've used in seminars on research methodology. The text offers a clear balance of quantitative vs. qualitative and physical vs. human which I've found particularly valuable. The chapters on research ethics, scientific communication, information technologies and data visualization are excellent."
- Kenneth E. Foote, Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder

This is a broad and integrative introduction to the conduct and interpretation of scientific research, covering both geography and environmental studies. Written for undergraduate and postgraduate students, it:
  • Explains both the conceptual and the technical aspects of research, as well as all phases of the research process
  • Combines approaches in physical geography and environmental science, human geography and human-environment relations, and geographic and environmental information techniques (such as GIS, cartography, and remote sensing)
  • Combines natural and social scientific approaches common to subjects in geography and environmental studies
  • Includes case studies of actual research projects to demonstrate the breadth of approaches taken
It will be core reading for students studying scientific research methods in geography, environmental studies and related disciplines such as planning and earth science.
Introduction: A Scientific Approach to Geography and Environmental Studies
Fundamental Research Concepts
Scientific Communication
Data Collection in Geography and Environmental Studies: Overview
Physical Measurements
Behavioural Oservations and Archives
Explicit Reports: Surveys, Interviews and Tests
Experimental and Non-Experimental Research Designs
Statistical Data Analysis
Data Display: Tables, Graphs, Maps, Visualizations
Reliability and Validity
Information Technologies in Research
Ethics in Scientific Research

An excellent introductory text which clearly defines the basic as well as the more advanced stages of geographical and environmental science research .

Dr Elias Symeonakis
Dept Environ'l & Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 25, 2013

This book is very good for first yearundergraduates and not just those following geography programmes. It is very encompassing, and I will find this quality very helpful in classes with mixed disciplines. Its content is very student friendly, practical and not hypened in technicalities.

Mr Ritienne Gauci
Department of Geography, University of Malta
March 15, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1