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Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, distributing consumption goods, 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 textbook.
The Geography of Transport Systems provides an overview of the spatial aspects of transportation. It is divided in nine chapters, each covering a specific conceptual dimension including networks, modes, terminals, freight transportation, urban transportation and environmental impacts. Each chapter also covers methodologies linked with transport geography such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and Geographic Information Systems for transportation (GIS-T). The fourth edition offers new and updated material, namely over the issue of security, energy, green logistics, as well as a revised content structure.
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. A companion web site has been developed for the book. It contains additional material, including digital maps and PowerPoint slides.