Conceptualizing Space and Time: A Classification of Geographic Movement
Author: Yattaw, Nancy J.
Source: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 1 April 1999, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 85-98(14)
Abstract:In an increasingly complex and interactive world, the need to study, manage, and understand the critical interface between physical and human environments is becoming more urgent, precipitating technological advancements in the dynamic spatio-temporal capabilities of geographic information systems (GIS) and associated visualization and representational techniques. Such efforts require a thorough knowledge of the intrinsic characteristics associated with changes in space and time. A comprehensive understanding of the underlying dynamic structure associated with movement is necessary before accurate, integrative, and insightful analyses, explanations, and representations of complex, geographically dynamic phenomena can be performed. Using the logical subdivision method of classification, geographic movement is conceptualized by its abstract spatial and temporal components creating a matrix of 12 unique classes characterizing the form of movement. The organization is a simplified framework that offers a movement language with which to describe the movements associated with diverse geographic phenomena. Classifing geographic movement by its changes in time and space serves as a useful construct that facilitates the comprehension of the general ideas and principles intrinsic to geographical patterns and processes and provides a solid foundation for representing and understanding complex geographic phenomena.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1999-04-01T00:00:00