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ArcGIS Exercise: Tracking SARS Outbreak


Approximately 30 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Tracking SARS Outbreak" is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to apply ArcGIS geographic information system tools to track the spatial and temporal distribution of a SARS outbreak scenario and identify and map hotspot areas with high concentrations of cases. It is an exercise in tutorial format, with step-by-step instructions utilizing simulated data for the island of O`ahu.

It requires access to ArcGIS ArcView version 9.1, 9.2, or later, and the Tracking Analyst and Spatial Analyst extensions. Evaluation copies of the software are available at the following URL:

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Prevent: Information Sharing and Dissemination
  4. Protect: Epidemiologic Surveillance and Investigation
  5. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  6. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  7. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize geographic data that has a temporal component
  2. Apply tracking analysis GIS tools to map and track the diffusion of disease cases over time
  3. Use tracking analysis animation tools to create animation files showing the disease distribution
  4. Use spatial analysis GIS tools to quickly identify areas of high to low concentrations of disease occurrence

Target Audiences:

Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Epidemiologists, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.