I want to write a scientific paper, the sentence is "remote sensing technology encompasses two primary methods". I'm not sure which one should I use: encompass, include, or incorporate?
I've looked up these words in dictionary, and my understanding is as follows:
Encompass - Generally means to surround or cover completely. When referring to ideas or methods, it suggests that the entity (in this case, remote sensing) comprehensively covers or involves the two methods mentioned.
Incorporate - Implies that something is integrated or merged into something else. When you say "remote sensing technology incorporates two primary methods," it suggests that remote sensing has taken in and made use of these two methods as a part of its broader framework or system.
Include - Simply means that something is a part of a group or a whole. "Remote sensing includes two primary methods" would mean that these methods are part of what remote sensing uses or consists of, without emphasizing integration or comprehensive coverage.
But after referring to dictionary, I still don't know which one word should I use, or people usually use. Could you help me?