Spatial science

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Spatial Science is an academic discipline incorporating fields such as surveying, geographic information systems, hydrography and cartography. Spatial science is typically concerned with the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth, its physical features and the built environment.[1]

The term spatial science is primarily used in Australia.

Australian universities which offer degrees in spatial science include Curtin University,[2] the University of Tasmania,[3] the University of Adelaide[4] and Melbourne University.[5]

Texas A&M University offers a bachelor's degree in Spatial Sciences and is home to its own Spatial Sciences Laboratory.[6] Beginning in 2012, the University of Southern California started to place more emphasis on the spatial science branch of its geography department, with traditional human and physical geography courses and concentrations either not being offered on a regular basis or phased out. In place, the university now offers graduate programs strictly related to spatial science and its geography department offers a spatial science minor rather than the original geography major.[7]

Spatial information practitioners within the Asia-Pacific region are represented by the professional body called the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).

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  1. ^ Queensland University of Technology, Undergratuate Program - Spatial Science (Surveying)
  2. ^ Curtin University - Spatial science courses
  3. ^ University of Tasmania, Centre for Spatial Information Science, Courses
  4. ^ University of Adelaide, Major in Ecology and Spatial Science
  5. ^ Melbourne University - Spatial Information Science
  6. ^ Texas A&M University, Spatial Sciences Laboratory
  7. ^ [1]