Geospatial scientists use modern day devices such as GPS to explore, map and monitor our world.
What is geospatial science?
Geospatial science is all about location. If we understand where things are and how they are connected, we better understand our world.
It mobilises information collected from many sources and technologies. This science organises the data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applies analytical methods and cartography to visualise alternatives.
Geospatial science is everywhere around you: satellite images on your phone, analysis of shortest path through the city and assisting pilots to navigate around the world.
What do geospatial scientists do?
Geospatial scientists create maps of all types and develop dynamic interactive visualizations for thousands of applications.
Geospatial scientists also work in 3D with measurements of elevation for dam and mine surveys, as well as urban infrastructure.
Geospatial scientists access earth observation satellites to explore and monitor marine systems, to understand and predict bushfires or to track changes in land use and resources.
Geospatial scientists participate in the planning and management of urban growth, infrastructure, natural resources, coastal zone, disaster risk reduction and scientific research.
Where do geospatial scientists work?
Geospatial scientists work in:
- software development companies,
- conservation agencies,
- environmental consultancies,
- scientific research organisations,
- federal, state and local government,
- demographic marketing companies,
- mining groups, and
- emergency services.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in geospatial science may be for you, if you:
- are interested in the physical world,
- think spatially,
- work well as part of a team,
- like science, maths and problem solving, and
- enjoy geography, design and computer graphics.