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1 Geographic Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence Lesson 1.1 Definition and Scope of Geography

2 Introduction Purpose Purpose Outline Outline Kant’s Three Ways of Ordering KnowledgeKant’s Three Ways of Ordering Knowledge Geography DefinedGeography Defined Two Sides of the CoinTwo Sides of the Coin A Synthesizing DisciplineA Synthesizing Discipline Why I Love GeographyWhy I Love Geography The Necessity of Geo-LiteracyThe Necessity of Geo-Literacy Summary and ConclusionSummary and Conclusion

3 Kant’s 3 Ways to Order Knowledge Topical Topical Everything about one thingEverything about one thing Chronological Chronological Study change over time and what happened in the pastStudy change over time and what happened in the past Focus of HistoriansFocus of Historians Spatial Spatial Study where things happen, whey they happen there, and how they interactStudy where things happen, whey they happen there, and how they interact Focus of GeographersFocus of Geographers

4 Definition of Geography “Geo” means ? “Geo” means ? EarthEarth “Graphy” means ? “Graphy” means ? To write about or mapTo write about or map Thus Geography literally means ? Thus Geography literally means ? To write about the earthTo write about the earth The study of spatial variation, of how—and why— things differ from place to place on the surface of the earth. (textbook definition) The study of spatial variation, of how—and why— things differ from place to place on the surface of the earth. (textbook definition) Dr Corson’s defintion Dr Corson’s defintion Geography explains how the world worksGeography explains how the world works

5 Two Sub-divisions Physical Geography Physical Geography Meteorology (weather)Meteorology (weather) Climatology (climate)Climatology (climate) Geomorphology (landforms)Geomorphology (landforms) Human Geography Human Geography Population GeographyPopulation Geography Cultural GeographyCultural Geography Economic GeographyEconomic Geography Political GeographyPolitical Geography *Geographic Techniques *Geographic Techniques

6 Geography=Synthesis Geology Economics Poly Sci Military Science Biology Anthropology GEOGRAPHY Military Geo Bio-Geography GeomorphologyEconomic Geography Political Geography Cultural Geography

7 Why I Love Geography It explains a lot about how the world works. It explains a lot about how the world works. As a synthesizing discipline it gives me the flexibility to study any interesting subject through the lens of the spatial perspective. As a synthesizing discipline it gives me the flexibility to study any interesting subject through the lens of the spatial perspective. The Geo-Techniques give us powerful tools to help solve the world’s problems. The Geo-Techniques give us powerful tools to help solve the world’s problems. It has been enormously useful in my military career and provided opportunities outside my military specialty. It has been enormously useful in my military career and provided opportunities outside my military specialty. It is fascinating and fun. It is fascinating and fun.

8 Geo-Literacy Surveys show Americans are notoriously “Geo-illiterate” Surveys show Americans are notoriously “Geo-illiterate” America is a “hyper-power” and plays a major role in world events America is a “hyper-power” and plays a major role in world events It is sad, dangerous, and undemocratic for a hyper-power to have geo-illiterate citizens It is sad, dangerous, and undemocratic for a hyper-power to have geo-illiterate citizens Geo-illiterate geospatial analysts are a potential threat to our national security and by extension the safety of the world Geo-illiterate geospatial analysts are a potential threat to our national security and by extension the safety of the world

9 Summary and Conclusion Summary Summary Kant’s Three Ways of Ordering KnowledgeKant’s Three Ways of Ordering Knowledge Geography DefinedGeography Defined Two Sides of the CoinTwo Sides of the Coin A Synthesizing DisciplineA Synthesizing Discipline Why I Love GeographyWhy I Love Geography The Necessity of Geo-LiteracyThe Necessity of Geo-Literacy Conclusion Conclusion Review the Wikipedia article on GeographyReview the Wikipedia article on Geography


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