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: zhao2@oregonstate.edu


Web GIS, Location Based Social Media, Location Spoofing
Exclusive Interview - Message in a Map
Report on "Terra" - The Great Escape" - a geovisualization on sea level rise induced migration

Research Interests

Cartography and geovisual analytics

Current Research

Storymap.js - a javascript library for digital storytelling with web maps 

NeoCarto - a geovisual ananlytical platform


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


GEOG 370: Cartography
GEOG 371: Web Mapping (Course web site)
GEOG 472/572: Geovisual Analytics (Course web site, "The Great Escape" - an article on "Terra" introducing this course)
GEOG 571: Web Mapping




B.Zhao, S. Zhang. (forthcoming) Rethinking spatial data quality: Pokémon Go as a case study of location spoofing. The Professional Geographer 

Y. Fan, S. Chen, B. Zhao, S. Pan, C. Jiang and H Ji. Shoreline dynamics of the active Yellow River delta since the implementation of Water-sediment regulation scheme: A remote-sensing and statistics-based approach. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.11.035


D. Sui, B. Zhao, H. Kong. The Development of Copycat Towns in China: An Initial Analysis of Their Economic, Social, and Environmental Implications. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. WP17DS1

B. Zhao and Q. Chen. Location Spoofing in a Location-Based Game: A Case Study of Pokémon Go. Lecture Notes Geoinformation, Cartography, Michael P. Peterson (Ed.): Advances in Cartography and GIScience. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-57336-6_2

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.

B. Zhao. Study on the Effects of Human Intention on Spatial Data Quality. International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings, 1(1). doi: 10.21433/B31180p357ks. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/80p357ks

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. The 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)

Curriculum Vitae

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