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Geospatial Analysis with SQL

By : Bonny P McClain
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Geospatial Analysis with SQL

By: Bonny P McClain

Overview of this book

Geospatial analysis is industry agnostic and a powerful tool for answering location questions. Combined with the power of SQL, developers and analysts worldwide rely on database integration to solve real-world spatial problems. This book introduces skills to help you detect and quantify patterns in datasets through data exploration, visualization, data engineering, and the application of analysis and spatial techniques. You will begin by exploring the fundamentals of geospatial analysis where you’ll learn about the importance of geospatial analysis and how location information enhances data exploration. Walter Tobler’s second law of geography states, “the phenomenon external to a geographic area of interest affects what goes on inside.” This quote will be the framework of the geospatial questions we will explore. You’ll then observe the framework of geospatial analysis using SQL while learning to create spatial databases and SQL queries and functions. By the end of this book, you will have an expanded toolbox of analytic skills such as PostGIS and QGIS to explore data questions and analysis of spatial information.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
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Section 1: Getting Started with Geospatial Analytics
Section 2: SQL for Spatial Analytics

Conventions used

There are several text conventions used throughout this book.

Code in text: Indicates code words in the text, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: “To explore the mining areas in Brazil, we can use the ST_Area function.”

A block of code is set as follows:

SELECT row_number() over () AS _uid_,* FROM (SELECT * FROM getprotecteda('10160475')
) AS _subq_1_

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold: “The synopsis of ST_Within includes the following:”

boolean ST_Within(geometry A, geometry B);

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

Query returned successfully in 129 msec

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For instance, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in bold. Here is an example: “In pgAdmin, we can observe these results in Geometry Viewer.”

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