ISO GeoSpatial topics

Name (link to RUC- data catalogue)Definition
farmingrearing of animals and/or cultivation of plants Examples: agriculture, irrigation, aquaculture, plantations, herding, pests and diseases affecting crops and livestock
biotaflora and/or fauna in natural environment Examples: wildlife, vegetation, biological sciences, ecology, wilderness, sealife, wetlands, habitat
boundarieslegal land descriptions Examples: political and administrative boundaries
climatologyMeteorology Atmosphereprocesses and phenomena of the atmosphere. Examples: cloud cover, weather, climate, atmospheric conditions, climate change, precipitation
economyeconomic activities, conditions and employment. Examples: production, labour, revenue, commerce, industry, tourism and ecotourism, forestry, fisheries, commercial or subsistence hunting, exploration and exploitation of resources such as minerals, oil and gas
elevationheight above or below sea level Examples: altitude, bathymetry, digital elevation models, slope, derived products
environmentenvironmental resources, protection and conservation Examples: environmental pollution, waste storage and treatment, environmental impact assessment, monitoring environmental risk, nature reserves, landscape
geoscientificInformationinformation pertaining to earth sciences Examples: geophysical features and processes, geology, minerals, sciences dealing with the composition, structure and origin of the earth’s rocks, risks of earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, gravity information, soils, permafrost, hydrogeology, erosion
healthhealth, health services, human ecology, and safety Examples: disease and illness, factors affecting health, hygiene, substance abuse, mental and physical health, health services
imageryBaseMapsEarthCoverbase maps Examples: land cover, topographic maps, imagery, unclassified images, annotations
intelligent militarymilitary bases, structures, activities Examples: barracks, training grounds, military transportation, information collection
inland watersinland water features, drainage systems and their characteristics Examples: rivers and glaciers, salt lakes, water utilization plans, dams, currents, floods, water quality, hydrographic charts
locationpositional information and services Examples: addresses, geodetic networks, control points, postal zones and services, place names
oceansfeatures and characteristics of salt water bodies (excluding inland waters) Examples: tides, tidal waves, coastal information, reefs
planningCadastreinformation used for appropriate actions for future use of the land Examples: land use maps, zoning maps, cadastral surveys, land ownership
societycharacteristics of society and cultures Examples: settlements, anthropology, archaeology, education, traditional beliefs, manners and customs, demographic data, recreational areas and activities, social impact assessments, crime and justice, census information
structureman-made construction Examples: buildings, museums, churches, factories, housing, monuments, shops, towers
transportationmeans and aids for conveying persons and/or goods Examples: roads, airports/airstrips, shipping routes, tunnels, nautical charts, vehicle or vessel location, aeronautical charts, railways
utilities communicationenergy, water and waste systems and communications infrastructure and services Examples: hydroelectricity, geothermal, solar and nuclear sources of energy, water purification and distribution, sewage collection and disposal, electricity and gas distribution, data communication, telecommunication, radio, communication networks