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Introduction To Geography Of Covid-19 Pandemic: Environmental Issues, Public Health And Socio-Economic Consequences

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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected all countries and the global scientific agenda, particularly that of health, economy, environment, geography and geosciences in general. This Special Issue is also a contribution to the global efforts of the scientific community in the analysis of the geography of the COVID-19 pandemic with public health, economic and environmental consequences. Two blocks of papers are considered: (1) the socio-spatial, statistical and geographical analysis of COVID-19 distributions; and (2) the impacts of the pandemic lockdown on the environment, air pollution, and the quality of water.

About the Authors

Alexander Baklanov
Science and Innovation Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen; Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences




Natalia E. Chubarova
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Russian Federation

Faculty of Geography

Leninskie Gory 1, Moscow, 119991

Vladimir A. Kolosov
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation

Staromonetnyi per., 29, 119017 Moscow

Svetlana M. Malkhazova
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Russian Federation

Faculty of Geography

Leninskie Gory 1, Moscow, 119991

Boris N. Porfiriev
Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation



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2. Chubarova N. Ye., Androsova E. Ye., Lezina E. A. (2021). The Dynamics of the Atmospheric Pollutants during the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020 and their Relationship with Meteorological Conditions in Moscow. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 168-182, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-012.

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5. Kolosov V.A., Tikunov V.S., Eremchenko E.N. (2021). Areas of Socio-Geographical Study of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Russia and the World. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 109-116, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-091.

6. Rahardjo Noorhadi, Djarot Heru Santosa, Hero Marhaento (2021). Crowdsourcing Data to Visualize Potential Hotspots for Covid-19 Active Cases in Indonesia. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 125-130, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-011.

7. Sahu Netrananda, Martand Mani Mishra (2021). Assessing the Vulnerability Index of COVID-19 Pandemic in India. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 131-139, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-059.

8. Sari Nurwita Mustika, Muhammad Nur Sidiq Kuncoro (2021). Monitoring of CO, NO2 and SO2 Levels During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Iran Using Remote Sensing Imagery. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 183-191, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2020-74.

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12. Vu Danh-tuyen, Tien-thanh Nguyen, Anh-huy Hoang (2021). Spatial Clustering Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study of the Fourth Wave in Vietnam. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 140-147, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-086.

13. Wetchayont Parichat, Katawut Waiyasusri (2021). Detection and Monitoring of the Spreading Stage during Third Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Thailand Using Moran’s I Approach. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 155-167, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-090.

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Baklanov A., Chubarova N.E., Kolosov V.A., Malkhazova S.M., Porfiriev B.N. Introduction To Geography Of Covid-19 Pandemic: Environmental Issues, Public Health And Socio-Economic Consequences. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2021;14(4):105-108.

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