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GIS and Public Health

Department Geography, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr. NW, T2N 1N4 Calgary, AB, Canada
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 868-870;
Received: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 26 June 2014 / Published: 30 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue GIS in Public Health)
Note: In lieu of an abstract, this is an excerpt from the first page.

This Special Issue on GIS and public health is the result of a highly selective process, which saw the participation of some 20 expert peer-reviewers and led to the acceptance of one half of the high-quality submissions received over the past year. Many threads link these papers to each other and, indeed, to our original call for papers, but the element that most clearly emerges from these works is the inextricable connection between public health and the environment. Indeed, GIS analysis of public health simply cannot disregard the geospatial dimension of environmental resources and risks. What consistently emerges from these analyses is that current geospatial research can only scratch the surface of the complex interactions of spatial resources, risks, and public health. In today’s world, or at least in the developed world, researchers and practitioners can count on virtually endless data, on inexpensive computational power, and on seamless connectivity. In this research environment, these papers point to the need for improved analytical tools, covering concepts, representation, modeling and reliability. These works are important contributions that help us to identify what advances in geospatial analysis can better address the complex interactions of public health with our physical and cultural environment, and bridge research and practice, so that geospatial analyses can inform public health policy making. [...] View Full-Text
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Bertazzon, S. GIS and Public Health. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 868-870.

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