Analytic Experience in Geospatial Intelligence


Lesson 1A Discussion: Comment on the Analytic Question.

  • Briefly (~100 words) comment on the problem statement describing one strength and weakness. Refer to the Clark, Chapter 6 reading.

Lesson 1B Deliverable: Provide your analytic question (problem) and a 200 (approximate) word summary of the geospatial aspects of the problem.

For example, "Where is Joaquin Guzman-Loera, aka El Chapo?"

The question is to be of primary interest to you; it should not be simplistic or be one that you already have solved. The question must involve some analysis which will be addressed using GIS and/or remote sensing technologies. The broad categories of GEOINT questions are:

(1) Questions dealing with location and extent:

  • What is the phenomenon or feature of interest?
  • Where is it located?
  • Why is it where it is?
  • How large an area does it cover?

(2) Questions dealing with distribution and pattern:

  • Is there regularity in its distribution?
  • Where is it in relation to similar features?
  • What kind of distribution does it portray?

(3) Questions dealing with spatial association and interaction:

  • What other phenomena are in the same area?
  • Do phenomena usually occur together in the same area?
  • Is the feature linked to other phenomena?

(4) Questions dealing with spatial change:

  • Has the feature always been there?
  • How has it changed spatially through time?
  • What factors have influenced these changes?

Lesson 1C Deliverable: Peer Review another student's Lesson 1 analytic question submission.

To participate in the discussion, please go to the Lesson 1 Discussion Forum in Canvas. (That forum can be accessed at any time by going to Canvas and clicking on the Discussions link.)

Questions or Comments?

Registered students are welcome to post comments or questions to The Conference Room discussion forum. (That forum can be accessed at any time in Canvas by clicking on the Discussions link.)