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The USC Spatial Sciences Institute faculty and staff conduct research and collaborate in many areas within Geographic Information Science and the related disciplines. In particular, we specialize in building GIScience models, spatial decision support systems, and tools, as well as spatial data capture, remote sensing, spatial analysis, the modeling of environmental and human health outcomes, urban ecology, conservation, and sustainability.

Learn more about our faculty expertise and focus areas, and read some of our recent publications:

Zhang, L. L., Yue, T. X., Wilson, J. P., Zhao, N., Du, Z. P., and Liu, X., A comparison of satellite observations with the XCO2 surface obtained by fusing TCCON measurements and GEOS-Chem model outputs. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602, 1575-1590, December 2017.

Brandt, S. J., Dickinson, B., Ghosh, R., Perez, L., Lurmann, F., Penfold, B., Wilson, J. P., Millet, M., Künzli, N., and McConnell, R., Costs of coronary heart disease and mortality associated with near-roadway air pollution. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602, 391-396, December 2017.

Marx, A., and Rogers, M. Z., Analysis of Panamanian DMSP/OLS nightlights corroborates suspicions of inaccurate fiscal data: A natural experiment examining the accuracy of GDP data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 8:99-104, November 2017.

Shahabi, K., Wilson, J. P., Scalable Evacuation Routing in a Dynamic Environment. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 67:29-40, September 2017.

Pack, D. W., B. S. Hardy, and Longcore, T. Studying Earth at night from CubeSats. Proceedings of the 31st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 1–11, August 2017.

Gillespie, T. W., Willis, K. S., Ostermann-Kelm, S., Longcore, T., Federico, F., Lee, L., and MacDonald, G. M. Inventorying and monitoring night light distribution and dynamics in the Mediterranean Coast Network of Southern California. Natural Areas Journal 37(3):500–510, July 2017.

Elson, L., Wright, K., Swift, J., and Feldmeier, H. Control of Tungiasis in Absence of a Roadmap: Grassroots and Global Approaches. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, July 2017.

Bernstein, J. Mother Earth and Earth Mothers: Why Environmentalism has a Gender Problem. Breakthrough Journal, June 2017.

Lee, S.J., Longcore, T., Rich, C., and Wilson, J.P. Increased home size and hardscape decreases urban forest cover in Los Angeles County’s single-family residential neighborhoods. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 24, 222-235, May 2017.

Bernstein, J. Vickers Hot Springs: Ecotopia or Tragedy of the Commons? Case Studies in the Environment, 1(1), 1-6. April 2017.

Chiang, Y.-Y. Unlocking Textual Content from Historical Maps – Potentials & Applications, Trends, and Outlooks. In S. K.C., H. Mallikarjun, B. Vitoantonio, and N. Atul (eds.), Recent Trends in Image Processing and Pattern Recognition. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 709, 111–124. Singapore: Springer, April 2017.

story1We have worked with and seek new opportunities to partner with fellow USC faculty members, USC departments and centers, faculty with other institutions, not-for-profit and governmental agencies, and private sector entities.

Our collaborations include long-term ongoing partnerships, defined-length grants and projects, and pilot “proof-of-concept” projects.

Contact John P. Wilson, USC Spatial founding director and professor, to discuss how we together could forge new contributions to our understanding of the world around us through the spatial sciences and technologies.

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