The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society provides a relevant and comprehensive reference point for research and practice in this dynamic field. It offers detailed explanations of geospatial technologies and provides critical reviews and appraisals of their application in society within international and multi-disciplinary contexts as agents of change.

The ability of geospatial data to transform knowledge in contemporary and future societies forms an important theme running throughout the entire volume. Contributors reflect on the changing role of geospatial technologies in society and highlight new applications that represent transformative directions in society and point towards new horizons. Furthermore, they encourage dialogue across disciplines to bring new theoretical perspectives on geospatial technologies, from neurology to heritage studies.

The international contributions from leading scholars and influential practitioners that constitute the Handbook provide a wealth of critical examples of these technologies as agents of change in societies around the globe. The book will appeal to advanced undergraduates and practitioners interested or engaged in their application worldwide.

chapter |3 pages


ByAlexander J. Kent, Doug Specht

part I|139 pages

Origins and perspectives of geospatial technologies

chapter 1|16 pages

Latitude, longitude, and geospatial technologies to 1884

ByMatthew H. Edney

chapter 2|19 pages

The photo-mechanical era of cartography

A recollection
ByWilliam Cartwright

chapter 3|8 pages

The roots of GIS

ByMichael F. Goodchild

chapter 4|10 pages

Positivism, power, and critical GIS

ByWen Lin

chapter 5|16 pages

Geospatial standards

An example from agriculture
ByDidier G. Leibovici, Roberto Santos, Gobe Hobona, Suchith Anand, Kiringai Kamau, Karel Charvat, Ben Schaap, Mike Jackson

chapter 6|10 pages

Technology, aesthetics, and affordances

ByPhilip J. Nicholson

chapter 7|12 pages

Race and mapping

ByCatalina Garzón-Galvis, Beth Rose Middleton Manning

chapter 8|11 pages

Feminist geography and geospatial technologies

ByMeghan Kelly

chapter 9|13 pages

Mapping the subaltern

ByPenelope Anthias

chapter 10|11 pages

Geospatial technologies and rural and indigenous spatial knowledges

ByMaría Belén Noroña

chapter 11|11 pages

Social constructivism and geospatial technologies

Neogeography, big data, and deep maps
ByBarney Warf

part II|184 pages

Understanding geospatial technologies

chapter 12|24 pages

Mobile mapping

ByGordon Petrie

chapter 13|17 pages

Airborne and ground-based laser scanning

ByMathias Lemmens

chapter 14|14 pages

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

ByFaine Greenwood

chapter 15|24 pages

Airborne photogrammetric mapping

ByGordon Petrie

chapter 16|10 pages

Digital elevation models (DEMs)

ByOluibukun Gbenga Ajayi

chapter 17|10 pages

Extended REALITY (XR)

ByŁukasz Halik, Alexander J. Kent

chapter 18|10 pages

Free and Open Source Software for geospatial applications (FOSS4G)

ByRafael Moreno-Sanchez, Maria Antonia Brovelli

chapter 19|7 pages

APIs, coding and language for geospatial technologies

ByOliver O'Brien

chapter 20|28 pages

Spatial analysis and modelling

ByTimofey Samsonov

chapter 21|8 pages

The geovisualization of big data

ByNick Bearman

chapter 22|14 pages

Machine learning and geospatial technologies

ByIzabela Karsznia

chapter 23|16 pages

Artificial intelligence for geospatial applications

ByVit Vozenilek

part III|248 pages

Applications of geospatial technologies

chapter 24|12 pages

Location matters

Trends in location-based services
ByGeorg Gartner

chapter 25|15 pages

Mapping buildings and cities

ByTomasz Templin

chapter 26|26 pages

Underground mapping

ByAurel Saracin

chapter 27|10 pages

Geospatial technology and food security

Forging a four-dimensional partnership
ByHillary J. Shaw

chapter 29|21 pages

Ocean mapping

Taxonomies of the fluid geospatial
ByRupert Allan

chapter 30|13 pages

Geospatial technologies in transport

Shaping and recording everyday lived experiences
ByNigel Waters

chapter 31|13 pages

Geospatial technologies in electrical systems

ByIvan Bobashev

chapter 32|13 pages

Geospatial technologies and public health

ByFikriyah Winata, Sara McLafferty, Aída Guhlincozzi, Yiheng Zhou

chapter 33|13 pages

Applications of GIScience to disease mapping

A COVID-19 case study
ByLeah Rosenkrantz, Nadine Schuurman

chapter 34|10 pages

Geosurveillance and society

ByRob Kitchin

chapter 35|8 pages

Geospatial technology and journalism in a post-truth world

ByAmy Schmitz Weiss

chapter 36|11 pages

Advancing sustainability research through geospatial technology and social media

ByYaella Depietri, Johannes Langemeyer, Derek Van Berkel, Andrea Ghermandi

chapter 37|15 pages

Crisis and hazard mapping

ByAmelia Hunt

chapter 38|12 pages

Humanitarian relief and geospatial technologies

ByJohn C. Kostelnick

chapter 40|13 pages

Maps of time

ByMenno-Jan Kraak

chapter 41|8 pages

Geospatial technologies in archaeology

ByAlexander J. Kent, Doug Specht

chapter 42|15 pages

Mapping planetary bodies

ByTrent Michael Hare

part IV|66 pages

New ontologies and strategies for geospatial technologies

chapter 43|10 pages

Toward the democratization of geospatial data

Evaluating data decisioning practices
ByVictoria Fast, Nikki Rogers, Ryan Burns

chapter 44|11 pages

Developing geospatial strategies

ByMark Iliffe

chapter 45|13 pages

Map thinking across the life sciences

ByRasmus Grønfeldt Winther

chapter 46|10 pages

Spatial anthropology

Understanding deep mapping as a form of visual ethnography
ByLes Roberts

chapter 47|9 pages

The quantum turn for geospatial technologies and society

ByDaniel Sui

chapter 48|11 pages

The Locus Charter

Towards ethical principles and practice for location data services
ByDenise McKenzie, Ben Hawes