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Geoinformation and Spatial Analytics in Tropical Medicine

Edited by:

Ashraf Dewan, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Anthropogenic modification of the earth’s surface together with climate warming are expected to have considerable impacts on the insurgence and resurgence of infectious diseases, with the potential to overwhelm existing public health systems. To understand the influences of environments, both physical and social, on the incidence of diseases, geoinformation and spatial analytics have been instrumental in advancing our knowledge in public health, particularly elucidating disease dynamics, aetiology, and transmission. Both the present and future distribution of diseases in changing environments can be modelled, which could help public health systems adapt to environmental changes, and thus, to human well-being.


This special issue specifically aims at highlighting the roles of geospatial techniques in identifying environmental precursors of diseases, thereby advancing tropical medicine research. Papers focusing on geospatial techniques in public health are particularly encouraged. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Submitted manuscripts should be original and not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration. Additionally, papers reporting local specific findings must meet the criterion of international novelty and contribute to the global discourse of tackling emerging health issues. In this special issue, we invite original contributions on issues covering:

  • Environmental health;
  • Climate variability and epidemiology;
  • Geospatial science (e.g., remote sensing, volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing, big data, and spatial analytics) in disease modelling;
  • Tropical medicine;
  • Machine learning and geostatistics for public health.