1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society

Edited By Alexander J. Kent, Doug Specht Copyright 2023
    694 Pages 282 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    Alexander J. Kent and Doug Specht

    Part I: Origins and Perspectives of Geospatial Technologies

    1. Latitude, Longitude, and Geospatial Technologies to 1884

    Matthew H. Edney 

    2. The Photo-mechanical Era of Cartography: A Recollection

    William Cartwright

    3. The Roots of GIS

    Michael F. Goodchild 

    4. Positivism, Power, and Critical GIS

    Wen Lin

    5. Geospatial Standards: An Example from Agriculture

    Didier G. Leibovici, Roberto Santos, Gobe Hobona, Suchith Anand, Kiringai Kamau, Karel Charvat, Ben Schaap and Mike Jackson

    6. Technology, Aesthetics, and Affordances

    Philip J. Nicholson 

    7. Race and Mapping

    Catalina Garzón-Galvis and Beth Rose Middleton Manning

    8. Feminist Geography and Geospatial Technologies

    Meghan Kelly

    9. Mapping the Subaltern

    Penelope Anthias

    10. Geospatial Technologies and Rural and Indigenous Spatial Knowledges

    María Belén Noroña

    11. Social Constructivism and Geospatial Technologies: Neogeography, Big Data, and Deep Maps

    Barney Warf

    Part II: Understanding Geospatial Technologies

    12. Mobile Mapping

    Gordon Petrie

    13. Airborne and Ground-based Laser Scanning

    Mathias Lemmens

    14. Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

    Faine Greenwood

    15. Airborne Photogrammetric Mapping

    Gordon Petrie

    16. Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)

    Oluibukun Gbenga Ajayi

    17. Extended Realities (XR)

    Lukasz Halik and Alexander J. Kent

    18. Free and Open-Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G)

    Rafael Moreno-Sanchez and Maria Antonia Brovelli

    19. APIs, Coding and Language for Geospatial Technologies

    Oliver O'Brien

    20. Spatial Analysis and Modelling

    Timofey Samsonov

    21. The Geovisualisation of Big Data

    Nick Bearman

    22. Machine Learning and Geospatial Technologies

    Izabela Karsznia

    23. Artificial Intelligence for Geospatial Applications

    Vit Vozenilek

    Part III: Applications of Geospatial Technologies

    24. Location Matters: Trends in Location-Based Services

    Georg Gartner

    25. Mapping Buildings and Cities

    Templin Tomasz

    26. Underground Mapping

    Aurel Sǎrǎcin

    27. Geospatial Technology and Food Security: Forging a Four-Dimensional Partnership

    Hillary Shaw

    28. The Past, Present and Future of Technologies for Improved Water Management

    Leonardo Alfonso

    29. Ocean Mapping: Taxonomies of the Fluid Geospatial

    Rupert Allan

    30. Geospatial Technologies in Transport: Shaping and Recording Everyday Lived Experiences

    Nigel Waters

    31. Geospatial Technologies in Electrical Systems

    Ivan Bobashev

    32. Geospatial Technologies and Public Health

    Fikriyah Winata, Sara McLafferty, Aída Guhlincozzi and Yiheng Zhou

    33. Applications of GIScience to Disease Mapping: A COVID-19 Case Study

    Leah Rosenkrantz and Nadine Schuurman

    34. Geosurveillance and Society

    Rob Kitchin

    35. Geospatial Technology and Journalism in a Post-truth World

    Amy Schmitz Weiss

    36. Advancing Sustainability Research through Geospatial Technology and Social Media

    Yaella Dipietr, Johannes Langemeyer, Derek Van Berkel and Andrea Ghermandi

    37. Crisis and Hazard Mapping

    Amelia Hunt

    38. Humanitarian Relief and Geospatial Technologies

    John Kostelnick

    39. Geospatial Technology and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Doug Specht

    40. Maps of Time

    Menno-Jan Kraak

    41 Geospatial Technologies in Archaeology

    Alexander J. Kent and Doug Specht

    42. Mapping Planetary Bodies

    Trent Michael Hare

    Part IV: New Ontologies and Strategies for Geospatial Technologies

    43. Toward the Democratization of Geospatial Data: Evaluating Data Decisioning Practices

    Victoria Fast, Nikki Rogers and Ryan Burns

    44. Developing Geospatial Strategies

    Mark Iliffe

    45. Map Thinking Across the Life Sciences

    Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther

    46. Spatial Anthropology: Understanding Deep Mapping as a Form of Visual Ethnography

    Les Roberts

    47. The Quantum Turn for Geospatial Technologies and Society

    Daniel Sui

    48. The Locus Charter: Towards Ethical Principles and Practice for Location Data Services

    Denise McKenzie and Ben Hawes


    Alexander J. Kent is Honorary Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and leads the Coastal Connections project for World Monuments Fund and English Heritage.

    Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer and a Reader in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster, UK.