Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)

What is Geospatial Intelligence?

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is intelligence derived from the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information about features and events, with reference to space and time. This definition applies not only to products and services, but also to the process of conducting analysis. GEOINT is comprised of the following sub-disciplines:

  • Imagery Analysis

    The process of examining an image collected from satellites or aircraft to identify features, describe activity and interpret what is occurring at a given place on the Earth’s surface. AGO is responsible for the tasking, collection, processing, dissemination and archiving of imagery used by the Australian Defence Force and other government agencies.
  • Geospatial Analysis

    Entails collecting and analysing information about features on the ground, their relationships to the Earth and to each other. Geographic features can be hills and valleys, rivers, buildings, streets or even schools. Using geographic information systems (GIS), the data can be sorted, examined, analysed and conclusions can be drawn and displayed in a multitude of ways that would not be possible without GIS.
  • Geospatial Information and Services

    A combination of the precise location information and associated attributes of natural and man-made features. This combination conveys the 'what' and 'where' of a feature on the Earth's surface and provides the foundation for a wide range of information to be integrated and displayed.