Wed Apr 29, 04:00 PM UTC-4 (EDT) | The Science of Where: Mapping the Spread of a Global Pandemic

The Science of Where: Mapping the Spread of a Global Pandemic

Many of us have spent the last month regularly hitting refresh on our web browsers to update the map that has now become ubiquitous in (quite literally) bearing witness to the persistent spread of COVID-19. Mapping technologies are used in a variety of situations to track vast amounts of data. The ability to layer and combine information from multiple sources and then tie the results to location has been instrumental in exposing the hidden patterns that facilitate informed decision-making. We’ve seen in real-time how this has helped scientists better understand rapidly unfolding events related to the global pandemic. Esri, the world’s leading location intelligence platform, has mastered the science of finding patterns in data to create connections to reveal a window to the world that would otherwise remain closed.


Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri. A landscape architect and urban designer by training, he founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Jack’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge geographic information system (GIS) and geodesign technologies that are used in every industry to make a difference worldwide. As a result, Esri has become the global market leader, with 49 offices worldwide, 11 dedicated research centers, and a strong user base of about 350,000 organizations around the world.

Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer at Esri where she heads their worldwide health and human services practice. She is passionate about transforming health organizations through a geographic approach. Este was previously the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health and has lectured extensively around the world on a broad range of topics that include social determinants of health, healthcare strategy and market development, access to care, opioid addiction, privacy issues, homelessness, and public health preparedness.

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