geo·​spa·​tial ˌjē-ō-ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce geospatial (audio)
: consisting of, derived from, or relating to data that is directly linked to specific geographical locations
If the data set consists of geographical information, it is called spatial (or geospatial) mining.Paul McFedries
This investigation uses … geospatial approaches to examine how changing neighborhood conditions after Hurricane Katrina affected the probability of the presence of unattended pools.Imelda K. Moise et al.

Examples of geospatial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This requires access to robust geospatial data, imagery, and insights - like those offered by our Solar API. Yael Maguire, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Salman Rashid was named CFO at Woolpert, an architecture, engineering, geospatial consulting firm. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 The service will combine data from ICE’s unit measuring geospatial climate risk for municipal and mortgage bond markets with analytics from DeltaTerra Capital, a research firm focused on climate risk in real estate markets. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2023 Last year, 12 countries across the developing world participated in a United Nations program to build capacity and know-how on the use of geospatial and satellite data to monitor crop conditions for better agricultural productivity. Emiliano Kargieman, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Growing need The need for geospatial intelligence is more important than ever. Darren Ruddell, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2023 Since mid-February, the water level has steadily increased, according to data from Theia, a French provider of geospatial analysis. Time, 7 June 2023 Here, geospatial analysis goes to work putting locations into context. Ari Jacoby, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 According to industry experts, this is not an accidental by-product of the U.S. government’s need for geospatial intelligence but a key benefit of working with commercial providers, since the images the government takes with its own satellites are classified. Jordan G. Teicher, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


geo- + spatial

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geospatial was in 1970

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“Geospatial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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