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Educating Future Geospatial Analysts

Mark Alonzo

A few weeks ago, Mark Bowersox enlightened us on what is a PED.  He also asked what TLA (three letter acronyms) confuse us.  While I don’t find it confusing, EDU is a three letter string that is often on my mind.  EDU is short for education and it is an area where imagery is playing a crucial role in developing the next generation of geospatial workers.  One element of geospatial analysis is utilizing imagery as a means to more meaningful answers.

The US Department of Labor lists Geospatial Technology as a high growth industry.  You may notice this just by being a part of the industry.  In order to mint the graduates with the right skills many universities and colleges are improving the geospatial training and education beyond just GIS and into remote sensing and image analysis.  As more academic programs involve remote sensing and image analysis, and as more organizations, commercial companies and government agencies bring geospatial data on board, the more skilled geospatial analysts will be needed to be masters of the tools used to process imagery.

At the Esri UC this week, we’ll be showcasing how ENVI image analysis software can enhance an ArcGIS site license.  How is your school adopting remote sensing and image analysis?  Come by booth #1413 at the Esri User Conference to learn more about how ENVI can improve the skills of your students.

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