Esri Book Reflects on COVID-19 Lessons and How GIS Technology Helped

by | Aug 18, 2022

REDLANDS, Calif. -As the world steps back to examine its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to think about how to raise the standard for ways to prepare for potential future public health emergencies. Revisiting health preparedness strategies and plans means reviewing what the health community did that worked”and how those workflows can be repeated if needed. As a guide for these efforts, Esri, the global leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, has released Learning from COVID-19: GIS for Pandemics. The new book contains powerful accounts about how spatial thinking became invaluable in both local and full-scale outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The question of where was at the forefront of everyone’s mind. And GIS provided the answer with surveillance applications that transformed possibly overwhelming data into real-time location intelligence, giving agencies and civic leaders valuable insights. During the pandemic, Esri technology was used to build the famous Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard that allowed public health agencies and governments around the world to track the spread of the virus.

One of the newest books in the Applying GIS seriesLearning from COVID-19 is coedited by Esri chief medical officer Dr. Este Geraghty and Matt Artz, a principal content strategist for Esri Press. The book highlights best practices, key GIS capabilities, and lessons learned during the COVID-19 response that can help communities prepare for the next crisis.

Learning from COVID-19 is available in print (ISBN: 9781589487116, 204 pages, US$19.99) and as an ebook (ISBN: 9781589487123, US$19.99). Both editions can be obtained from most online retailers worldwide. The print edition is also available for purchase from Esri by calling 1-800-447-9778. If outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Esri has partners and local distributors in over 100 countries on six continents, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at

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