Trends in Spatial Statistics

Trisalyn A. Nelson

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With many leading spatial analysts nearing retirement, reflection on the discipline becomes beneficial. To capture some of their collective perspective, fifty-eight researchers were surveyed on key spatial analysis developments, future challenges, and essential readings for newcomers. Geographic information systems (GIS), new data sources, improved understanding of spatial autocorrelation, spatially local methods, and the spread of spatial analysis beyond geography featured prominently among the twenty-four respondents. Future challenges included overcoming methodological limitations and retaining spatial analysis within geography. Twelve books highlighted by respondents are also summarized. Finally, a synthesis and some thoughts based on survey results are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-94
Number of pages12
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • GIS
  • local measures
  • quantitative revolution
  • spatial autocorrelation
  • trends in geography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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