Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health

  • Yongmei Lu
  • Eric Delmelle

Part of the Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series (GPHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yongmei Lu, Eric Delmelle
    Pages 1-10
  3. Urban Health Risk and Disease

  4. Urban Health Service Access

  5. Healthy Behavior and Urban Lifestyle

  6. Health Policies and Urban Health Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Marynia Kolak, Michael Steptoe, Holly Manprisio, Lisa Azu-Popow, Megan Hinchy, Geraldine Malana et al.
      Pages 209-230
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-259

About this book


This volume presents a timely collection of research papers on the progress, opportunities, and challenges related to the advancement of geospatial technologies for applications in urban health research and management. The chapter authors cover technologies ranging from traditional GIS and remote sensing technologies, to recently developed tracking/locational technologies and volunteered geographic information (VGI). In four main sections, the book uniquely contributes to the conversation of how geospatial technologies and other GIScience research may be enhanced by addressing the data and challenges presented by urban health issues. The book is intended for those with backgrounds in health and medical geography, social epidemiology, urban planning, health management, and lifestyle research.

The book starts with an introduction by the editors, providing an overview of traditional and emerging geospatial technologies and how they each can significantly contribute to urban health studies. Section 1 covers urban health risk and disease, and analyses the spatial and temporal patterns of selected urban health issues. Section 2 addresses urban health service access, and demonstrates how traditional and new geospatial technologies apply to different segments of urban populations facing varied challenges. Section 3 focuses on incorporating geospatial technologies in promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles in urban settings. Section 4 assesses how geospatial technologies may be incorporated into urban health policies and management practices. Adopting a forward-looking perspective, these papers examine the various health challenges in urban systems, and explore how new and emerging geospatial technologies will need to develop to address these problems. 


GIS technology Cartography Urban health culture Built environment Urban health policy Space-time analysis Urban health management Disease risk

Editors and affiliations

  • Yongmei Lu
    • 1
  • Eric Delmelle
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Earth SciencesUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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