Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:


Spatial Analysis Tools - ArcGIS - Geostatistical Analyst

These materials have been prepared as part of the R25 Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Grant (PI: Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Award Number: 5R25 HD057002-02.

The links included below are intended as useful starting points for interested users. We make no claims for comprehensive coverage.

If you have suggestions to include on this site please send them to Stephen Matthews.



Geostatistical Analyst is an extension to ArcGIS desktop that provides tools for spatial data exploration and surface generation.  

ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst software may be found at: 

Here you will find a short video of ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
( and more additional information on the analytical functions available within this extension.  

Note: Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) was introduced with ArcGIS 9.3 and is available in the Spatial Statistics Toolbox with ArcInfo, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, or ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst. 



For additional documentation for ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, visit overview of Geostatistical Analyst

To read a comprehensive overview of ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, visit

For general help with ArcGIS software, visit

To view sample applications of ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, visit 



Johnston, Kevin. ArcGis 9: Using ArcGis Geostatistical Analyst. GIS by ESRI. Redlands, Calif: Esri Press, 2004. 

Johnston, Kevin. Using ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst: GIS by ESRI. Redlands, CA: Environmental Systems Research Institute, 2001. 


Useful Articles

Fraczek W, A Bytnerowicz, and MJ Arbaugh. "Application of the ESRI Geostatistical Analyst for Determining the Adequacy and Sample Size Requirements of Ozone Distribution Models in the Carpathian and Sierra Nevada Mountains." TheScientificWorldJournal. 1 (2001): 836-54.

Kumar, Ashok, Suman Maroju, and Abhishek Bhat. "Application of ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst for Interpolating Environmental Data from Observations." Environmental Progress. 26. 3 (2007): 220.

Mei, Shilong. "Geologist-Controlled Trends Versus Computer-Controlled Trends: Introducing a High-Resolution Approach to Subsurface Structural Mapping Using Well-Log Data, Trend Surface Analysis, and Geospatial Analysis." Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 46 (2009): 309-329.

For technical articles related to ArcGIS, visit


Tutorials in ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst

For the ArcGIS Geostatistical Spatial Analyst tutorial, see

For an index of sections covered in the ArcGIS Geostatistical Spatial Analyst tutorial, visit

For technical support, visit

Other software links and resources for geostatistical analysis and spatial statistics can be found at the AI-GeoStats webpage at URL: