Geospatial Health Symposium 5: Mapping and Analyzing the Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak in Neighborhoods I

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographers and COVID-19: Setting Our Direction for the Future
Sponsor Groups: Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Cartography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 8
Organizers: Jaehee Park, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Atsushi Nara
Chairs: Ming-Hsiang Tsou

Call for Submissions

We invite abstracts broadly fitting in the theme of "Mapping and Analyzing the Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak in Neighborhoods".

This session is a part of the Geospatial Health Research Symposium and is sponsored by Health and Medical Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, and Cartography Specialty Groups.

If you are interested in joining this virtual paper session, please email your PIN, paper title, abstract, and contact information to Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou ( ) by October 28, 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the session organizers.

Session Organizers:
Ming-Hsiang Tsou (*,
Atsushi Nara (*,
Jaehee Park (*,
*The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age & Department of Geography, San Diego State University


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries all over the world and it has changed everyday life, posing enormous health, economic, environmental, and social challenges to the entire human population. As a response to this crisis, diverse geospatial applications have been developed for mapping the spread of the pandemic and analyzing the impact of it on the environment and society. Geospatial applications provide valuable insights to help the government’s stakeholders to monitor, manage, and make decisions during the different stages of fighting against the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery.
Currently, most geospatial mapping and analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks are at the Global, Country, or State levels. Only a few works focus on the impacts at the neighborhood levels (such as zip codes, sub-regional areas, census tracts, etc.) However, local communities play an essential role in tracing and intervening disease outbreaks and epidemiology research. The analysis and mapping of neighborhood-level impacts can help the City or County Public Health staff to make better decisions in terms of resource management and intervention methods.

Our organized paper session(s) will focus on the following themes but not limited to:
- Geovisualization of the COVID-19 pandemics in neighborhoods
- Geospatial web and mobile application services for local communities.
- Geospatial analysis of the impact of the pandemic and reopening communities/businesses at the County or City level.
- Analysis of location-based big data (e.g., mobile phone data, GPS data, and social media data) in the context of the COVID-19
pandemic in local communities.
- Privacy-preserving in mapping and data analysis for small-areas


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Guimin Zhu*, Center for Geospatial Infornation Science, Department of Geographical Science, University of Maryland - College Park, Kathleen Stewart, Center for Geospatial Information Science, Department of Geographical Science, University of Maryland - College Park, Junchuan Fan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Geospatial analysis of human mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic spread in Florida 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Ben Wang*, Texas State University, Yihong Yuan, Texas State University, Extracting Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Taxi Trips During COVID-19: A Case Study of Chicago 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Gordon Douglas*, San José State University - San Jose, CA, Our Streets Whose Streets: Impacts and Ownership in the Emergent Streetscapes of 2020 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Atsushi Nara*, San Diego State University, Examining the neighborhood-scale human mobility and its potential impacts on COVID-19 outbreak 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Ming-Hsiang Tsou*, San Diego State University, Analyzing Health Disparity and Social Factors of COVID-19 Outbreaks at the Neighborhoods in San Diego 15 9:00 AM

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