Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

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Bo Zhao

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Assistant Professor
Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
Office: Strand 347
Phone: 541-737-3497
Email: bzhao@coas.oregonstate.edu


Web GIS, Location Based Social Media, Location Spoofing

Exclusive Interview - Message in a Map

Research Interests

Cartography and geovisual analytics

Current Research

Storymap.js - a javascript map library for storytelling via web maps 

Carto - a geospatial data platform 


Ph.D.  The Ohio State University, Geography, 2015
M.S.   Nanjing University, Cartography and GIS, 2008
B.S.   Nanjing University, GIS, 2006


GEOG 371: Web Mapping (Check out the gallery of former students' final projects)
GEOG 472/572: Geovisual Analytics

These two courses are supported by Google Cloud Platform. To get a sense of the courses, check out one practical exercise of GEOG 371 (Demo).



B. Zhao and Q. Chen. (accepted) Location Spoofing in a Location-Based Game: A Case Study of Pokémon Go. Lecture Notes Geoinformation, Cartography, Michael P. Peterson (Eds): Advances in Cartography and GIScience, 978-3-319-57335-9

B. Zhao and D. Z. Sui. True lies in geospatial big data: detecting location spoofing in social media. Annals of GIS: 1-14. doi: 10.1080/19475683.2017.1280536


B. Zhao, D.Z. Sui and Z. Li. Visualizing the gay community in Beijing with location-based social media. Environment and Planning A. doi:10.1177/0308518X16685885.

J.C. Liu and B. Zhao. Who speaks for climate change in China? Evidence from Weibo. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1883-y

Y. Li, J Qiu and B. Zhao. Quantifying urban ecological governance: A suite of indices characterizes the ecological planning implications of rapid coastal urbanization. Ecological Indicators. 72 (2017): 225-233


D.Z. Sui and B. Zhao. GIS as Media through the GeoWeb. In Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media, eds. S.P. Mains, J. Cupples, and C. Lukinbeal. Springer. Berlin.191-208.

X. Chen, B. Zhao, and E. Blackard. Unveiling Perceptions of Food Safety Scandals in China: An Exploratory Study with Search Engine. Global Media Journal.

S.J. Kay, B. Zhao, and D.Z. Sui. Can Social Media Clear the Air? A Case Study of the Air Pollution Problem. Professional Geographer, 67:3:351-363.


B. Zhao and D.Z. Sui. True Lies in Big Data: Detecting Location Spoofing based on Geographic Knowledge. In Workshops on Big Data and Urban Informatics, ed. P. Thakuriah. Chicago, IL.


D.Z. Sui, Z.W. Xu and B. Zhao. Networks in Geography. In R. Alhajj and J. Rokne, Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining (ESNAM) Berlin, Springer.

L.J. Zhang, B. Zhao and D.H. Jiang. Research on the Conversion from CAD to GIS Data. Geomatics Technology and Equipment, 14-17. (In Chinese)


Z.Y. Chen, M.C. Li and B. Zhao. Geo-Interface - Connecting the Real World with Cyberspace. Science of surveying and mapping, 34. (In Chinese)


B. Zhao, M.C. Li and Z.X. Jiang. Using GeoRSS to Syndicate the Spatiotemporal Information. Geospatial Information Technology and Applications, Proc. SPIE 6754, 675428.


B. Zhao, X.M. Huang and G.P. Wu. OGC Web Services Based on Ajax Engine. Geospatial Information Technology, Proc. SPIE 6421, 64210R.

X.M. Huang and B. Zhao. SVG based Remote Sensing Visualization. Remotely Sensed Data and Information,Proc. SPIE 6419, 64191N.

B. Zhao. An Introduction to UMN MapServer. Software World, 20:48~49. (In Chinese)


B. Zhao and J.Z. TAN. A Research on Linear Elements Smoothing in the MapInfo. Bulletin of Surveying and Mapping, 6:25~27. (In Chinese)

B. Zhao and J.S. MA. Design of XML based Geo Data Model. Geomatics Technology and Equipment, 1:9~12. (In Chinese)

Looking for Talented Graduate Students

I am looking for students who are interested in web mapping, location-based social media, big (geospatial) data analytics. Please send your cv and/or research materials to me or drop by my office if you are already enrolled.

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