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v · geomatics engineering) is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information, or spatially referenced information.


Overview and etymology

Geomatics is relatively new as a scientific term. It was coined by Dubuisson in the year 1969 with the idea of combining the terms geodesy and geoinformatics.[1] It includes the tools and techniques used in land surveying, remote sensing, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Compass), photogrammetry, geography and related forms of earth mapping. It was originally used in Canada, because it is similar in origin to both French and English. The term geomatics has since been adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and many other international authorities, although some (especially in the United States) have shown a preference for the term geospatial technology .[2] Similarly, the new related field hydrogeomatics covers the geomatics area associated with surveying work carried out on, above or below the surface of the sea or other areas of water. The older term of hydrographics was too specific to the preparation of marine charts and failed to include the broader concept of positioning or measurements in all marine environments. A geospatial network is a network of collaborating resources for sharing and coordinating geographical data, and data tied to geographical references. One example of such a network is the Open Geospatial Consortium's efforts to provide "ready global access to geographic information". A number of university departments which were once titled surveying, survey engineering or topographic science have re-titled themselves as geomatics or geomatic engineering.

The rapid progress, and increased visibility, of geomatics since 1990s has been made possible by advances in computer hardware, computer science, and software engineering, as well as airborne and space observation remote sensing technologies.

Science of deriving information about an object using sensor without physically contacting it is called remote sensing which is a part of geomatics.


Applications areas include:

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