Special Issue “Geospatial Information in Public Health”

Special Issue Editors


Prof. Ana Cláudia Teodoro
Guest Editor

Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto; Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT), Pole of University of Porto
Interests: image acquisition and processing for environmental, coastal, geological and health applications; machine learning algorithms; GIS


Dr. Alberto Freitas
Guest Editor

Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto; Centre for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), Porto, Portugal
Interests: medical informatics; health information systems; data quality; data mining in medicine; intelligent data analysis; performance and quality indicators; health services research


Special Issue Information

Geospatial information derived from Earth’s Observation programs (EO), aerial platforms (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles) and also from global navigation satellite systems are a valuable source of information and play a critical role in Public Health. For a long time, data from environmental satellite programs has been used to derive several environmental factors and afterwards used to establish a relationship between several human diseases and environmental conditions. Remote sensing data are crucial for estimating and monitoring health-relevant environmental variables. Since the launch of Landsat-1 in 1972, an increasing number of health studies have used remotely sensed data. These data are very helpful to understand the transmission mechanisms of several diseases and could be used to develop satellite data-based early warning systems. Although most of the health studies involving remote sensed data were related to parasitic diseases, recently, several studies have related different environmental factors (e.g., humidity, temperature, PM10, NO2) retrieved by remote sensing data with several diseases, such as asthma exacerbations, preterm birth, neurodegenerative disorders, circulatory mortality, and ischemic heart disease.

Geographic information systems also play an important role in public health research and strategy. In fact, the integration of accurate spatial data can be a vital asset in healthcare systems, for doctors and nurses to increment knowledge about factors possibly affecting their patients, but also for public health professionals and their need to be aware of population specific trends.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health solicits papers that present research related to geospatial information to support monitoring and forecasting human health in order to better understand the spatial aspects of health and illness.

Dr. Ana Cláudia Teodoro
Dr. Alberto Freitas
Guest Editors

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