We live in a more interconnected and information-rich world than at any other period of human history. The advent and pervasiveness of networked computing has changed how we view and share information and how we gather, store, and process it. These changes are spurred by the miniaturization of equipment and gadgets, the ever-shrinking cost of data gathering, automated data analysis, and increased processing power. The amount of digital storage and computing power that used to fit in a room now fits in your palm, and machine learning and artificial intelligence are affecting how we interact with each other and use information every day.
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is no exception to these changes spurring the next revolution in remote sensing and spatial information gathering. While remote sensing and satellite imagery have always been important, newer entrants such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and small satellites enable an array of visualization and analyses tools that were hard to imagine just a decade ago.
The changing face of remote sensing
Harnessing innovation to enable new applications
Malhotra, R., Vlahovic, G., Schuckman, K., Robinson, C., Kantor, C., Walton, T., Mulrooney, T., Rineer, J. I., McGinn, C., & Gruber, C. (2019). The changing face of remote sensing: Harnessing innovation to enable new applications. In 2019 state and future of GEOINT report (5th ed., pp. 60-62). United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. http://trajectorymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-SaFoG-Extended-Final.pdf