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GIS for Applied Population Research

Geographic information and spatial analysis for population research (GISAPR) form the backbone of many activities at the Center, from academic and applied research and public service to teaching and consulting.

 The Center uses GIS for data development and management, spatial analysis and modeling, and map design and production. Although majority of GISAPR projects have provided information and analysis to support the Center's main focus: population estimates and forecasts, we have worked in areas as diverse as public health, crime prevention, market area analysis, and water resources management.

 Geographic scale of the projects has been equally varied, ranging from several city blocks to several states, with most studies completed at the local or regional scale, for example: analysis of urban neighborhood pedestrian environment, estimating population for police, fire, and other service districts, creating maps for customer-defined areas, raster modeling of population and housing trends in cities and school districts, and modeling social equity for the Portland-Vancouver bi-state region. Although most of the work has been conducted in the state of Oregon, we completed projects for Washington, California, Nevada, Louisiana, and other states.