What is Geospatial Technology?

Geospatial Technology is an emerging field of study that includes Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning System (GPS). Geospatial technology enables us to acquire data that is referenced to the earth and use it for analysis, modeling, simulations, and visualization. Geospatial technology allows us to make informed decisions based on the importance and priority of resources most of which are limited in nature.

What are geospatial technology’s uses and applications?

Geospatial technology may be used to create intelligent maps and models that may be interactively queried to get the desired results in a STEM application or may be used to advocate social investigations and policy-based research. It may be used to reveal spatial patterns that are embedded in large volumes of data that may not be accessed collectively or mapped otherwise.

Why is geospatial technology important?

Geospatial technology has become an essential part of everyday life. It’s used to track everything from personal fitness to transportation to changes on the surface of the earth. “It’s one of the hottest technologies out there,” said Professor Sunil Bhaskaran, founding director of the Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) at Bronx Community College and a Doctoral faculty at the Earth and Environmental Science (E.E.S.) program, Graduate Center, CUNY. “The industry wants to employ skilled technicians they’re not able to find,” Bhaskaran said. His courses teach “skills that are aligned with industry’s demand.”

More Information and Further Reading

Geospatial Analytics is a BOOMING Industry

Click to read the full article The Rise of Spatial Thinking.

Geospatial Projects at BCC-CUNY

Click on Geospatial Projects to get an idea about the potential of geospatial technology.

Research on Global Urbanization Patterns of Major Cities

Research on  Global Urbanization Patterns of major Cities was conducted at BGCCCI. The following media prepared by CUNY showcases highlights of the project.

Geospatial Revolution, Parts 1 – 4

The following videos created at Penn State University describe Geospatial Technology and its applications:

Geospatial Revolution – Part 1

Geospatial Revolution – Part 2

Geospatial Revolution – Part 3

Geospatial Revolution – Part 4

Copyright: Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting

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