The Technology Teacher
Geospatial technology refers to a system that is used to acquire, store, analyze, and output data in two or three dimensions. This data is referenced to the earth by some type of coordinate system, such as a map projection. Geospatial systems include thematic mapping, the Global Positioning System, remote sensing, telemetry, and Geographic Information Systems. The science of mapmaking, cartography, has been around for centuries, and no one is sure of its true beginnings. Each of the above subsystems are elaborate fields unto themselves, however, researchers are linking them together to better understand the world in which we live. Learning about these systems will help students to address an important component of technological literacy.
Original Publication Citation
Reed, P., & Ritz, J. (2004). Geospatial technology. The Technology Teacher, 63(6), 17-20.
Reed, Philip and Ritz, John, "Geospatial Technology" (2004). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 158.