# Glossary for Geospatial Science

### Technical vocabulary defined by MicroImages

**Glossary**

**cubic convolution or cubic interpolation:** A computationally intense interpolation method used in raster resampling. This method determines a new cell value to produce a smoother result by fitting a cubic polynomial surface to a 4 x 4 neighborhood of cells. Bilinear interpolation normally produces results which are almost as good. Cubic convolution should not be applied where the mean data value for a group of cells is undefined as in categorical data (like an 8-bit color raster object, a classification map, or any raster object containing similar category-type data).