UT Dallas Expert to Edit Leading Geospatial Journal
Appointment Viewed as a Tribute to University’s Growing Reputation in Field
May 28, 2008
The editorship of the top journal in spatial analysis and modeling, Geographical Analysis, is moving to UT Dallas.
|Geographical Analysis is the most prestigious journal of its type.|
Beginning July 1, Dr. Daniel Griffith will serve a three-year term as the journal’s editor. Griffith is an Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He will be the first editor in 18 years who is not based at Ohio State University.
Griffith was chosen because of his reputation in the area of geospatial analysis, and his appointment is a reflection of the growing strength of UT Dallas’ Geospatial Information Sciences program.
UT Dallas GIS Professor Michael Tiefelsdorf will be one of the 32 international scholars on the journal’s editorial board. New clinical assistant GIS professor Yongwan Chun will be Griffith’s editorial assistant.
Griffith’s goals as editor include increasing Geographical Analysis’ presence internationally, particularly in Southeast Asia. As a step toward this goal, he would like to start publishing the journal’s abstracts online in Chinese and Spanish.
This quarterly journal publishes theoretically oriented research about spatial statistics, spatial optimization and geographic methodology. Although these themes are technical, the studies have real-world applications, for example, in public health and safety and urban-planning contexts. Spatial statistics might be used to look at the diffusion of an epidemic, and spatial optimization can be used to find the best location for an emergency facility or route for a school bus.
The UT Dallas GIS unit has been collaborating with other disciplines in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, to provide an additional dimension of analysis to research. For example, its spatial econometrics subdiscipline plays a role in analyzing Dallas’ house prices and property appraisals. Griffith suspects this integration of GIS technology will become more widespread.
Geospatial technology is used by the Census Bureau, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance companies at the national level. Its popularity is also growing among students and professionals.
“A lot of graduate students enroll in our GIS program to complement their professional skills. The use of this technology has really taken off during the last 10 years, and will only continue to grow,” said Griffith.