Epidemics and pandemics in maps: The case of COVID-19

F-B. Mocnik*, P. Raposo, W. Feringa, M. Kraak, B. Köbben

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Epidemics and pandemics are geographical in nature and constitute spatial, temporal, and thematic phenomena across large ranges of scales: local infections with a global spread; short-term decisions by governments and institutions with long-term effects; and diverse effects of the disease on many aspects of our lives. Pandemics pose particular challenges to their visual representation by cartographic means. This article briefly summarizes some of these challenges and outlines ways to approach these. We discuss how to use the information usually available for telling the story of an epidemic, illustrated by the example of the 2019–2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The maps attached to this article demonstrate the discussed cartographic means.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of maps
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2020


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • pandemic
  • epidemic
  • visualization
  • cartographic challenges
  • thematic cartography
  • map


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