New Book Release – Learning from COVID-19: GIS for Pandemics

ESRI’s Health GIS Department will be releasing a new book at this year’s ESRI User-Conference later today. Here are all the details that you need to know about this new book release as published from their official website.

Learning from COVID-19: GIS for Pandemics

By Este Geraghty, Matt Artz

Learning from COVID-19: GIS for Pandemics explores a collection of real-life case studies about how organizations across the globe have successfully used GIS to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now that the health community is in a state of reflection, how do we put the lessons learned into practice?

As we step back to examine the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to think about how to raise the bar for our response to the next public health emergency. Now is the time to revisit health preparedness strategies and plans. And now is the time to review what the health community did that worked—and how we can do that again.

Learning from COVID-19: GIS for Pandemics tells real-life stories about how spatial thinking became invaluable in both local and full-scale outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Needing to answer the question of “where” sat at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and using a geographic information system (GIS) for real-time surveillance transformed possibly overwhelming data into location intelligence that provided agencies and civic leaders with valuable insights.

This book highlights best practices, key GIS capabilities, and lessons learned during the COVID-19 response that can help communities prepare for the next crisis. GIS has empowered:

  • Organizations to use human mobility data to estimate the adherence to social distancing guidelines
  • Communities to monitor their health care systems’ capacity through spatially enabled surge tools
  • Governments to use location-allocation methods to site new resources (i.e., testing sites and augmented care sites) in ways that account for at-risk and vulnerable populations
  • Communities to use maps and spatial analysis to review case trends at local levels to support reopening of economies
  • Organizations to think spatially as they consider “back-to-the-workplace” plans that account for physical distancing and employee safety needs

Learning from COVID-19 also includes a “next steps” section that provides ideas, strategies, tools, and actions to help jump-start your own use of GIS, either as a citizen scientist or a health professional. A collection of online resources, including additional stories, videos, new ideas and concepts, and downloadable tools and content, complements this book.

Now is the time to use science and data to make informed decisions for our future, and this book shows us how we can do it.

Dr. Este Geraghty
Dr. Este Geraghty is the chief medical officer and health solutions director at Esri where she leads business development for the Health and Human Services sector.

Matt Artz
Matt Artz is a content strategist for Esri Press. He brings a wide breadth of experience in environmental science, technology, and marketing.

Get more details and information about how you can get a copy of this book here – https://www.esri.com/en-us/esri-press/browse/learning-from-covid-19-gis-for-pandemics

About the Author

surveyorjr

Kumbirai is a 4th year Surveying & Geomatics students at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. He is also the Founder and Team Lead at African Surveyors Connect. He enjoys spending time writing web-applications and is more of a GIS enthusiast who mainly focuses and grew interests in Health and Land Administrative Applications of Geographic Systems.

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