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geomatics

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Earth Sciences and Geography.

The collection, processing, storage, and analysis of geographic information. A new and important application is sequentially generated computer maps to show regional and temporal trends and...

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Human Development Index

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Earth Sciences and Geography.

A composite index used by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that combines indicators on three dimensions: longevity (life expectancy); knowledge (adult...

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inert gas

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Meteorology and Climatology.

Syn: noble gas. Helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon, all of which occur in trace amounts in the atmosphere, and all of which share the quality of being difficult to combine...

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inner city

Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Public Health and Epidemiology.

An ill-defined term describing the central business and commercial zone of a city, sometimes used when this zone has decayed as businesses and commercial activity have relocated to suburban...

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neighborhood

Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Public Health and Epidemiology.

A circumscribed locality in which appreciable proportions of the people can be expected to know one another if they have been residents for long enough to get acquainted, such as a “village...

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occupancy rate

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The proportion or percentage of facilities in use, for instance, of hospital or other health care institutional beds or apartment units in a multiple-occupancy dwelling.

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radioactive fallout

Overview page. Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology — Public Health and Epidemiology.

Suspended particulate matter from a nuclear explosion or nuclear power plant accident that disseminates radioactive material. The fallout is greatest along the path of prevailing winds,...

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regionalization

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Organization of services for several sectors of society on a regional basis, rather than either nationally or locally. The aims include enhancing efficiency while, as far as feasible,...

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tracer

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Meteorology and Climatology.

A slang or jargon term for a substance or phenomenon that indicates what is happening and how a process works. A “tracer condition” is one that is easily diagnosed and that indicates by its...

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urban sprawl

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The relentless extension of built-up areas around virtually every city on earth as the combination of rising population and rising prosperity apply increasing economic pressure on...

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