David C. Folch

Assistant Professor

Bellamy 308
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Ph.D. Geography. Arizona State University
M.A. Economics. George Washington University
B.S. Economics. Arizona State University

Research Interests

Geocomputation, spatial analysis, GIScience, urban analytics, neighborhood change, gentrification, segregation

Research Activities

Methods for reducing uncertainty in American Community Survey small area estimates
Measurement of social vulnerability to natural hazards
Reliability of social media data for urban decision making

Additional Affiliations

Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Selected Publications

David C. Folch and Sergio J. Rey. The centralization index: A measure of local spatial segregation. Papers in Regional Science, (forthcoming).

David C. Folch and Seth E. Spielman. Identifying regions based on flexible user defined constraints. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 28(1):164–184, 2014.

Juan Carlos Duque, Xinyue Ye, and David C. Folch. spMorph: An exploratory space-time analysis tool for describing processes of spatial redistribution. Papers in Regional Science, (forthcoming).

Seth E. Spielman, David C. Folch, and Nicholas N. Nagle. Patterns and causes of uncertainty in the American Community Survey. Applied Geography, 46:147–157, 2014.

Courses Taught

GEO5934 GIS Programming
GEO5934 Smart Cities
GEO5934 Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
GIS4043/GIS5101 Introduction to GIS
GIS5106 Advanced GIScience