Pierre Goovaerts (Ph.D.)

Selected Research Focus Areas:

  • Geostatistical analysis of health data
  • Geographical and racial disparities in health outcomes
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Visualization and mapping of space-time information

Pierre Goovaerts (Ph.D.) has 20 year experience in the development and implementation of geostatistical algorithms. He has authored 130 papers in the field of geostatistics and is the author of the 1997 textbook “Geostatistics for Natural Resources Evaluation".  

In the past 8 years, his research has focused on the development and implementation of geostatistical methods for the analysis of aggregated and individual-level health data, including the accurate mapping of rates of cancer incidence and mortality, the space-time analysis and detection of health disparities, as well as the incorporation of rate uncertainty into boundary detection and local cluster analysis. Recently, he developed a methodology to combine both point and areal data in spatial interpolation, with an application to the mapping of the risk of breast cancer late-stage diagnosis across Michigan. He is also exploring the impact of socio-demographic and environmental risk factors on the incidence and late-stage diagnosis of breast and prostate cancers.

Selected Publications

“Geospatial cryptography: enabling researchers to access private, spatially referenced, human subjects data for cancer control and prevention” – Journal of Geographical Systems, May 11, 2017 – Read Article

“The Drinking Water Contamination Crisis in Flint: Modeling Temporal Trends of Lead Level Since Returning to Detroit Water System” – , Sep 28, 2016 – Read Article

“Geospatial estimation of the impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on plant oiling along the Louisiana shorelines” – Journals: Journal of Environmental Management Volume 180, 15 September 2016, Pages 264-271, May 17, 2016 – Read Article

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