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About this Book


I wrote Geoprocessing for Python to help you learn the basics of working with geospatial data, mostly using GDAL/OGR. There are other options, of course, but some of them build on top of GDAL, so if you understand the material in this book, you’ll probably be able to pick them up without too much trouble. This is not a book on GIS or remote sensing, although some background theory will be explained. Instead, this book will teach you how to write Python code for manipulating and creating spatial data, along with some simple analyses. You can use these building blocks to implement more-complicated analyses of your own devising.

Who should read this book

This book is for anyone who wants to learn to work with geospatial data. Some basics of GIS and remote sensing are explained so that readers new to geospatial analysis will know why they’re learning certain things, but the code starts out simple enough so that people with a geospatial background—but not much coding experience—will also benefit.

How this book is organized

This book is organized into 13 chapters. It starts out with a general introduction to geospatial data and Python and then covers vector data, spatial reference systems, raster data, and visualization.

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