Report addresses future of geographic information science


  • Sarah Zielinski


The greatest challenge for the future of geographic information science (GIScience) is producing the large numbers of scientists and technicians that are needed to build on past progress, according to a 27 June report from the U.S. National Research Council of the National Academies.

The report notes that GIScience and related technologies—such as geographic information systems, the global positioning system, and remote sensing—have become crucial to many areas of scientific research. However, the supply of GIScience professionals has not kept pace with the growing need for this type of data.