Domain Applications

The Domain Applications knowledge area focuses on the linkages between the foundational GIS&T competencies found in other components of the Body of Knowledge and their implementation across a wide range of application areas, highlighting their scope and depth and providing evaluation of their impacts. 

More than 30 thematic topics have already been identified for this Knowledge Area, and many of these are already under development. Listed alphabetically below, this number is anticipated to grow over time as existing themes expand and new application areas are identified.  

Italicized Topics indicate application areas that are forthcoming. or if you’d like to propose an entry on a topic missing from the list, please contact the Domain Applications knowledge area editor Jeff Hamerlinck <jeff.hamerlinck @>.

Agriculture Humanitarian Mapping Urban & Regional Planning
Archaeology Hydrology and Hydraulics Utilities
Architecture Insurance Water Resources
Civil Engineering Land Administration Wildlife & Fisheries Science and Management
Commercial Business Landscape Architecture  
Conservation Landscape Ecology  
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Marine Science  
Digital Humanities Marketing  
Earth Science Research Geospatial Intelligence & National Security  
Economic Development Natural Resource Management  
Ecosystem Science & Management Public Health  
Emergency Response Public Policy  
Energy Development Real Estate  
Environmental Science & Management Recreation Planning & Management  
Epidemeology Telecommunications  
Facilities Management    


DA-33 - Urban and Regional Planning

Professionals within the urban and regional planning domain have long utilized GIS&T to better understand cities through mapping urban data, representing new proposals, and conducting modeling and analysis to help address urban problems. These activities include spatial data collection and management, cartography, and a variety of applied spatial analysis techniques. Urban and regional planning has developed the sub-fields of planning support systems and Geodesign, both of which describe a combination of technologies and methods to incorporate GIS&T into collaborative planning contexts. In the coming years, shifting patterns of global urbanization, smart cities, and urban big data present emerging opportunities and challenges for urban planning professionals.