Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Engineering and Applied Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Mahdi Abdelguerfi

Second Advisor

Elias Ioup

Third Advisor

Shengru Tu

Fourth Advisor

Christopher M. Summa

Fifth Advisor

Dimitrios Charalampidis


Nowadays, many applications are continuously generating large-scale geospatial data. Vehicle GPS tracking data, aerial surveillance drones, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), world-wide spatial networks, and high resolution optical or Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery data all generate a huge amount of geospatial data. However, as data collection increases our ability to process this large-scale geospatial data in a flexible fashion is still limited. We propose a framework for processing and analyzing large-scale geospatial and environmental data using a “Big Data” infrastructure. Existing Big Data solutions do not include a specific mechanism to analyze large-scale geospatial data. In this work, we extend HBase with Spatial Index(R-Tree) and HDFS to support geospatial data and demonstrate its analytical use with some common geospatial data types and data mining technology provided by the R language. The resulting framework has a robust capability to analyze large-scale geospatial data using spatial data mining and making its outputs available to end users.


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