Some investigations on hierarchical representation of geo-spatial data in GIS

Binbin Zhao, Min Deng, Zhilin Li

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At present, hierarchical method has found its wide applications in many fields, such as biology, medical, physics, electronics, sociology, and geographical information sciences. Several applications of hierarchy theory in geographical information sciences were investigated from the view of spatial representation, including locations, semantics, and spatial relations between spatial objects. Specifically, the concepts, classifications, and characteristics of hierarchy were described in detail. Then hierarchical representation for spatial objects, i. e. hierarchical location, hierarchical semantics and hierarchical spatial relations, was analyzed. A practical application was given to illustrate the usability of hierarchy theory in GIS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-863
Number of pages5
JournalWuhan Daxue Xuebao (Xinxi Kexue Ban)/ Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009


  • Hierarchy
  • Semantics
  • Space partition
  • Spatial relations
  • Spatial representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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