Geographical computation uses innovations in data structures, analytical approaches and visualization techniques to better represent relationships across distance and between phenomena. One such innovation is a geographic information system (GIS). These systems use software to combine maps to visually represent data and shed light on environmental events and socio-economic trends.
As Canada Research Chair in GIS, Geospatial Big Data and Digital Geohumanities, Dr. Luke Bergmann aims to change how we use GIS to study social and environmental complexities in our globalizing world. In particular, he and his research team are studying how global economic and environmental change intersect and how diseases like influenza are evolving differently today. Their research will help researchers, policy-makers and the public understand global challenges that cross both borders and academic disciplines.