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Essential Geospatial Python Libraries

Python is one of the most popular programming languages for geospatial analysis, and data science in general. Its popularity comes from Python’s high-level, human-readable syntax, and extreme flexibility. Before going any further, lets go ahead and define a couple important terms to know when working with Python. What Is A Python Library / Package? A…

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Cloud Optimize Your Raster Data

Geospatial imagery data is constantly being collected by sensors which have been mounted to satellites, drones, planes, etc., and then uploaded to cloud storage. Much of that data, like USGS Landsat data, is publicly available.  In the past, users who wanted to access data would have to download a copy of relevant files to a…

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What to Study if You’re Thinking of a Career in GIS

So, you’ve got your sights set on a career in GIS. Now you’re trying to decide which school to go to, and what to study. Is it better to do a straight Geographic Information Systems (GIS) degree, or Geography with a minor in GIS? What courses and electives are going to give you the edge…

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Do I need a master’s for a GIS career?

A master’s degree demonstrates advanced knowledge of a specific topic, high-level analytical skills, critical evaluation and the ability to solve complex problems and work independently. A masters will enable you to narrow down your field of expertise and really hone in on a particular area or topic.  There are many factors that enhance your ability…

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GIS careers: A mixed bag of opportunity

GIS offers an endless variety of potential pathways for a career, it’s more than plotting data and making maps. Employers from a wide variety of fields are seeing the potential in GIS skills. Industries from engineering to agriculture, transportation and even healthcare are employing GIS graduates. The potential uses of GIS and rate of technology…

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Career Advice For GIS Students

GIS is an incredibly broad field, and the opportunities seem to only be increasing as more and more industries recognize the value. It’s more than just maps, of course. GIS is known to be commonly used for governments for problem solving in areas of natural resource management, environmental science and town planning. Today, GIS is…

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Why You DON’T Want a Career in GIS

Why You DON’T Want a Career in GIS   Think you want a career in GIS? Maybe you need to read this first. A GIS Analyst uses mapping software to analyze spatial data, and design maps. GIS Analysts generally collect, store, and analyze spatial information to guide decision-making processes in their targeted industry. There’s been…

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GIS to manage and monitor disease

GIS provides an interesting visual method to display data. Combined with powerful analysis, health professionals can improve the management of various diseases.

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How GIS Can Boost Humanitarian Aid

  Humanitarian disasters can stem from natural or man-made origins. Regardless of the root cause they lead to mass population displacement, loss of lives and human suffering 1. A humanitarian disaster often poses unique difficulties for non-government and government agencies in the form of infrastructural damages, uncertain supply and demand, geographical challenges, time pressures and…

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Remote sensing in flood management

Remote sensing in flood management Flooding has plagued civilization forever, however increasing urbanization, population growth and economic growth is leading to greater damage 1. A number of things can cause flooding, including heavy rain, snowmelt and dam failures being the main ones 2. Urban flooding poses a greater risk to human life and potentially large…

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