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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

By : Joel Lawhead
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Book Image

Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

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By: Joel Lawhead

Overview of this book

Geospatial analysis is used in almost every field you can think of from medicine, to defense, to farming. It is an approach to use statistical analysis and other informational engineering to data which has a geographical or geospatial aspect. And this typically involves applications capable of geospatial display and processing to get a compiled and useful data. "Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python" uses the expressive and powerful Python programming language to guide you through geographic information systems, remote sensing, topography, and more. It explains how to use a framework in order to approach Geospatial analysis effectively, but on your own terms. "Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python" starts with a background of the field, a survey of the techniques and technology used, and then splits the field into its component speciality areas: GIS, remote sensing, elevation data, advanced modelling, and real-time data. This book will teach you everything there is to know, from using a particular software package or API to using generic algorithms that can be applied to Geospatial analysis. This book focuses on pure Python whenever possible to minimize compiling platform-dependent binaries, so that you don't become bogged down in just getting ready to do analysis. "Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python" will round out your technical library with handy recipes and a good understanding of a field that supplements many a modern day human endeavors.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python
About the Author
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Chapter 1. Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

This chapter is an overview of geospatial analysis and will cover the following topics:

  • How geospatial analysis is impacting our world

  • A history of geospatial analysis including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing

  • Reasons for using a programming language for geospatial analysis

  • Importance of more people learning geospatial analysis

  • GIS concepts

  • Remote sensing concepts

  • Creating the simplest possible GIS using Python

This book assumes some basic knowledge of Python, some IT literacy, and at least an awareness of geospatial analysis. This chapter provides a foundation in geospatial analysis, needed to attack any subject in the areas of remote sensing and GIS including the material in all the other chapters of the book.