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 Spatial 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.



Spatial Analyst is an extension for ArcGIS that includes tools for raster-based (cell-based) spatial modeling and analysis.

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst software may be found at:

Here you will find a four-minute video of ArcGIS Spatial Analyst ( and much 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 Spatial Analyst, visit

For general help with ArcGIS software, visit



    McCoy, Jill. ArcGIS 9. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004.
    McCoy, Jill, and Kevin Johnston. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst: GIS by ESRI. Redlands, CA: Environmental Systems Research Institute, 2001.


Useful Articles

    Erdey-Heydorn, Mercedes. "An ArcGIS Seabed Characterization Toolbox Developed for Investigating Benthic Habitats." Marine Geodesy. 31. 4 (2008): 318-358.

    Fall, Souleymane, Dev Niyogi, and Fredrick H. M. Semazzi. "Analysis of Mean Climate Conditions in Senegal (1971-98)." Earth Interactions. 10. 5 (2006): 1-40.

    Rejith PG, SP Jeeva, H Vijith, M Sowmya, and AA Hatha. "Determination of Groundwater Quality Index of a Highland Village of Kerala (India) Using Geographical Information System." Journal of Environmental Health. 71. 10 (2009): 51-8.

    For technical articles, visit


Courses in ArcGIS Spatial Analyst