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Geospatial intelligence is the static and temporal exploitation and analysis of remotely sensed imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and naturally occurring or human activities on the earth in order to gain new knowledge and insight about a situation. While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) first coined the term within the context of the defense and national security community, it is also used in a broader security context to include diplomacy and development, homeland security and emergency management, public safety, and health care surveillance.

What distinguishes geospatial intelligence within the geographic information science field is that it is an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving that uses skills, knowledge, data, and abilities from within and outside the geographic information science area. ...

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