Spatial Science is about measuring, recording, managing and communicating information about the Earth's surface - land, sea, rivers, lakes, roads and other built structure. (futureintech.org.nz)
Spatial professionals deal with information based on location. This information describes the Earth, its physical features on both land, water and man-made environments.
It is a rapidly developing field and people with spatial science skills can end up applying their expertise in many different areas including land development, surveying, engineering, social and health, biological, medicine and earth sciences.
How to become a spatial professional
Geospatial professionals usually have a degree in surveying, geography, applied or computer science, digital technology, or a related subject. Taking papers in GIS is usually necessary to become a geospatial professional, and options also include postgraduate studies in GIS. For more information see the Futureintech brochure below.
There are several providers of spatial science qualifications in New Zealand including:
- Canterbury University-College of Science,Geographyy
- Auckland University-School of Environment
- University of Otago National School of Surveying, Geospatial Science Science
- Victoria University -School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
- Massey University - Geoinformatics Collaboratory.