Cartography and Geovisualization

choropleth maps of public health data Cartography is a synthesis of science, techniques, and art for study map-making and map use. Geovisualization is the study of methods and tools for effective geospatial data visualization and data analytics. For example, scientists can visualize the spatial distribution of cancer mortality rates in different neighborhoods and explore the relationship between median household incomes and colorectal cancer mortality rates at the census block level.


GrAPHeRs Research Group Leave geography site

The Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Population Health Research working Group (GrAPHeRs) is a collaborative research consortium between the HDMA center (SDSU), UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Two of the leaders in the GrAPHeRs group are Dr. Tsou (SDSU) and Dr. Nara (SDSU).

Mappingideas from Cyberspace to Realspace Leave geography site

This NSF Funded project seeks to map both the geography and the chronology of ideas over cyberspace, as the ripples of information usage radiate outward from a given event epicenter. By mapping and analyzing such ripples, new insights will be provided into the role of new media in biasing, accelerating, impeding, or otherwise influencing personal, social and political uses of such information.



Survey of the location, function and spread of cities; the spatial and functional arrangement of activities in cities, leading to an analysis of current urban problems: sprawl, city decline, metropolitan transportation. Field trips may be arranged.

Political and economic forces shaping the structure and organization of cities; physical and human consequences of urbanization; environmental, economic and social sustainability of cities. Housing, transportation, land use, urban services, employment, segregation, and social inequality.

Worldwide trends in urbanization. Case studies of selected cities from various culture areas with focus on international variations in city structure and urban problems.

Intensive study of a spatial aspect of human geography. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content.