New Publications

Apr 12, 2018

Using Virtual Reality to Plot Urban Green Spaces

Research with VR goggles gives landscape designers fresh insight on how green landscapes refresh city residents.

Mar 27, 2018

New Research Shows Water Use Impacted by the Shape of Our Cities

Georgina Sanchez, Ph.D. student in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, is using geospatial analytics to understand water demand in the Southeast. Her latest findings: urban developments with simpler shapes use less water.

Oct 26, 2017

What Motivates College Students to Play Pokémon Go?

Playing Pokémon Go gets students moving, including those who aren't gamers. Public health experts at the Center for Geospatial Analytics say that's a good thing.

Oct 13, 2017

Walkable Neighborhoods Linked With More Active Older Adults 

Center postdoctoral scholar Oriol Marquet and faculty fellow Aaron Hipp explore ways to build neighborhoods where older adults can stay active and age in place.

Jan 10, 2017

Can Forests Slow Urban Sprawl?

Urban areas across the United States are growing quickly, often removing surrounding farmland and forest resources. Rapid urbanization with low density sprawl presents numerous challenges to achieving healthy resilient communities, says Ross Meentemeyer, director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics […]

Oct 27, 2016

Webcams as Data Sources about Healthy Living and Urban Design

Streaming public webcams—now so abundant in our modern cities—can provide rich evidence for the ways our urban environments impact our daily lives, particularly our behavior navigating those environments.

Oct 20, 2016

Patterns of Use: New Research with Big Data Reveals Popularity of Federal Lands for Overnight Trips

America’s public lands, including national parks, national forests, and other historic and natural sites managed by the federal government, are extremely popular––and for good reason. Given these sites’ popularity for recreation, land managers must plan for large numbers of visitors each year […]

May 20, 2016

The Hard Realities of Controlling an Epidemic

New research on sudden oak death disease published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Ross Meentemeyer and colleagues from Cambridge and UC Davis models disease transmission in California forests and addresses the human, financial and political realities of […]

Mar 3, 2016

New Spatial ‘ParkIndex’ Enables Researchers, Planners and Citizens to Evaluate Potential Park Use

Faculty Fellow Aaron Hipp and co-authors have developed ParkIndex, a standardized metric of park access and exposure for evaluating potential park use in a variety of geographic settings. Published in Preventative Medicine, the new empirically-derived spatial index can be used […]

Jan 4, 2016

First-Of-Its-Kind Book on Tangible Modeling Puts the Power of Open Source GIS in Your Hands

Center researchers and co-authors Anna Petrasova, Brendan Harmon, Vaclav Petras, and Helena Mitasova have published “Tangible Modeling with Open Source GIS,” a groundbreaking new book on the Tangible Landscape, an innovative tangible geospatial modeling system powered by GRASS GIS. This first-of-its-kind book provides […]