Geospatial Technology

Geospatial science is an area that covers many technologies and applications.  Over the past 20 years, there has been tremendous growth in applications, science, and technologies involved with the area of geospatial technologies.  It has become a "transparent" technology, which means it is often used not only as a science, but also in supporting other sciences and technologies that are not readily apparent to the end user.  Many common gadgets now use portions of geospatial technologies in their everyday operation (cell phones are a leading example).  The demand for a skilled labor force is growing as well as the need for scientists and developers who can integrate geospatial technologies into new applications and tools.  In 2004 the Department of Labor recognized the need for this growing sector and implemented over $6.4 million dollars to stand up programs and workforce development.

The core group of technologies that make up geospatial technologies are:

  • GIS - Geographic Information Systems
  • GPS - Global Positioning System
  • Remote Sensing
  • Mapping