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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

By : Joel Lawhead
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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

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. This book will guide you gently into this exciting and complex field. It walks you through the building blocks of geospatial analysis and how to apply them to influence decision making using the latest Python software. Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python, 2nd Edition uses the expressive and powerful Python 3 programming language to guide you through geographic information systems, remote sensing, topography, and more, while providing a framework for you to approach geospatial analysis effectively, but on your own terms. We start by giving you a little background on the field, and a survey of the techniques and technology used. We then split the field into its component specialty areas: GIS, remote sensing, elevation data, advanced modeling, and real-time data. This book will teach you everything you need to know about, Geospatial Analysis from using a particular software package or API to using generic algorithms that can be applied. 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. This book will round out your technical library through handy recipes that will give you a good understanding of a field that supplements many a modern day human endeavors.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Well done! You are now a geospatial analyst. In this chapter, you learned the state of the art of geospatial analysis through the story of Ushahidi and the Ebola virus. You learned the history of geospatial analysis and the technologies that support it. You became familiar with foundational GIS and remote sensing concepts that will serve you through the rest of the book. You actually built a working GIS that can be expanded to do whatever you can imagine! In the next chapter, we'll tackle the data formats that you'll encounter as geospatial analysts. Geospatial analysts spend far more time dealing with data than actually performing analysis. Understanding the data that you're working with is essential to working efficiently and having fun.