An Overview of Spatial Analysis of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Colin Robertson, Trisalyn A. Nelson

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Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are of increasing global concern, and quantitative geography can play an important role in integrating spatial data describing drivers of disease emergence and building models of EID risk. This article lays out the key issues of EIDs and describes problems and opportunities for integrative quantitative geography to inform on patterns of EIDs. Issues of data quality are highlighted, as are methods of spatial analysis and forms of research communication and visualization as they relate to the study of EIDs. Our review demonstrates that geography is critically needed in EID research, and many of the issues central to understanding and predicting EIDs are inherently of a geographical nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-588
Number of pages10
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • emerging infectious diseases
  • risk
  • spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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