Geography of Transport Systems

ISBN-10: 0415822548
ISBN-13: 9780415822541
Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 6/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy. Each movement has an origin, a potential set of intermediate locations, a destination, and a nature which is linked with geographical attributes. Transport systems composed of infrastructures, modes and terminals are so embedded in the socio-economic life of individuals, institutions and corporations that they are often invisible to the consumer. This is paradoxical as the perceived invisibility of transportation is derived from its efficiency. Understanding how mobility is linked with geography is main the purpose of this book.The third edition of The Geography of Transport Systemshas been revised and updated toprovide an overview of the spatial aspects of transportation. Each chapter covers a specific conceptual dimension including networks, modes, terminals, freight transportation, urban transportation and environmental impacts. A final chapter contains sixteen methodologies linked with transport geography such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and Geographic Information Systems for transportation (GIS-T). The third edition offers new and updated material and case studies, namely security, energy, green logistics, as well as a revised content structure and figures.This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field, with a broad overview of its concepts, methods, and areas of application. The accompanying website for this text contains a useful additional material, including digitial maps, PowerPoint slides, databases, and links to further reading and websites. This text is an essential resource for undergraduates studying transport geography, as well as those interest in economic and urban geography, transport planning and engineering.

List of photographs
List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
Transportation and geography
Concepts: 1 What is transport geography?
Transportation and space
Transportation and commercial geography
The geography of transportation networks
Case Study: Strategic maritime passages
Transportation and the spatial structure
Concepts: 1 Historical geography of transportation: the emergence of mechanized systems
Historical geography of transportation: the setting of global systems
Transport and spatial organization
Transport and location
Future transportation
Case Study: High speed rail systems
Transportation modes
Concepts: 1 A diversity of modes
Intermodal transportation
Passengers and freight: complementarity and competition
Case Study: Information technologies and mobility
Transportation terminals
Concepts: 1 The function of transport terminals
The location of terminals
Transport terminal governance
Case Study: Inland ports
International trade and freight distribution
Concepts: 1 Transportation, globalization and international trade
Commodity chains and freight transportation
Logistics and freight distribution
Case Study: Commodity chain analysis: the cold chain
Urban transportation
Concepts: 1 Transportation and the urban form
Urban land use and transportation
Urban mobility
Urban transport problems
Case Study: City logistics
Transportation and the economy
Concepts: 1 Transportation and economic development
Transport costs
Transport supply and demand
Case Study: The cruise industry
Transport, energy and environment
Concepts: 1 The environmental impacts of transportation
Transportation and energy
Transport and sustainability
Case Study: Green logistics
Transport planning and policy
Concepts: 1 The nature of transport policy
Transport planning
Transport safety and security
Transportation and disasters
Case Study: Transportation and pandemics
Methods in transport geography
Methods: 1 Methods in transport geography
Graph theory: definition and properties
Graph theory: measures and indices
Geographic Information Systems for Transportation (GIS-T)
The notion of accessibility
Network data models
Transport technical and economic performance indicators
Tim Gini coefficient
Spatial interactions and the gravity model
Market area analysis
The policy process
Conclusion: Issues and challenges in transport geography
Glossary
Index

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