Research & Academics

Visualize Social and Environmental Data
Users have access to hundreds of layers and thousands of variables
Join Tabular Data to GIS Layers
Join census and other tabular data to GIS layers, or perform a powerful spatial join
Apply Spatial Analytics to Your Research
Use the spatial statistics toolbox, Insights for ArcGIS, or the R library

Welcome UCSF Students, Faculty, and Researchers


In Health Care, Geography is Destiny

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, 1998, 21

Zip Code disparitiesHow is it that two people born only miles apart can expect such different health outcomes?

Where we are born and/or live influences the lens through which we see the world. The issues we uncover can be linked to the environment we create and then impose upon those who live there.

The environment in which our patients live and work may expose them to harmful toxins, while social factors may dictate a patient's behavior-- responding to the lack of safe places, access to healhty food choices, or high exposure to tabacco advertisements.

Here at UCSF, researchers have access to powerful GIS software to investigate exposure and social determinants, and whether they may be an indicator of a more general public health issue.

The information below is a guide to utilizing geospatial resources for your classroom or research projects. If you have any questions after reviewing the information below (and subpages) then please use the Geospatial Support request form.

Software

Esri (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and more)
Esri's desktop products, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro, as well as their web service, ArcGIS Online, are now available to any UCSF student, faculty, or employee with a valid UCSF ID. Read about the UCSF Esri Site License which includes information about available products, training, and support from Esri.
 
Please note requests may take 3-5 business days to fulfill
 
Geojson.io
GeoJSON is an open source data format for storing geodata. Geojson.io is a simple website for creating, viewing, and sharing maps using the GeoJSON file format or using KML, GPX, CSV, GTFS, TopoJSON, and other formats. It integrates with GitHub and will display GeoJSON in a Leaflet map. It's a good tool to create a quick map with simple spatial data.
 
Google Earth Engine
Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities such as to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Google Earth Engine is available for free for research and teaching use with a valid Gmail account. A higher education resource page for learning and teaching with GEE: https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/edu
 
QGIS
An alternative to ArcGIS, QGIS is a free and open source desktop GIS available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information. The Long-Term Release (LRT) is recommended for installation.