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Daoqin Tong

Daoqin Tong

Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Daoqin Tong is an associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Tong received her doctorate in geography and master's in civil engineering from The Ohio State University. Tong’s research has mainly focused on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information system (GIS), spatial statistics and big data to support urban and regional studies concerning locational decisions, transportation, food access, and public health. Her recent projects include modeling spatial data uncertainty, collaborative geodesign for alternative fuel locations, modeling vector-borne disease spread at various spatial scales, analyzing issues with urban food access and urban agriculture, and examining rainwater as potential resource for water independence in desert cities.


  • PhD, Geography, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • MAS, Statistics, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • MS, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science & Technology, 2001


Journal Articles


Zhang, Y., J. P. Smith, D. Tong and B. L. Turner II. 2022. Optimizing the co-benefits of food desert and urban heat mitigation through community garden planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 226(Oct):104488. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2022.104488. (link )


Schaffer-Smith, D., S. W. Myint, R. L. Muenich, D. Tong and J. E. DeMeester. 2020. Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunties for social-ecological resilience in flooding and water quality problems. Environmental Science & Technology 54(12):7194-7204. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b07815. (link )


Bao, K. Y. and D. Tong. 2017. The effects of spatial scale and aggregation on food access assessment: A case study of Tucson, Arizona. The Professional Geographer 69(3):337-347. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2016.1252271. (link )

Brown, H. E., W. Mu, M. Khan, C. Tsang, J. Liu and D. Tong. 2017. Spatial scale in environmental risk mapping: A valley fever case study. Journal of Public Health Research 6(2):886. DOI: 10.4081/jphr.2017.886. (link )

Kong, X., Y. Liu, Y. Wang, D. Tong and J. Zhang. 2017. Investigating public facility characteristics from a spatial interaction perspective: A case study of Beijing hospitals using taxi data. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 6(2):38. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi6020038. (link )

Li, R. and D. Tong. 2017. Incorporating activity space and trip chaining into facility siting for accessibility maximization. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 60(Dec):1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2017.01.007. (link )

Tong, D. and R. Wei. 2017. Regional coverage maximization: Alternative geographical space abstraction and modeling. Geographical Analysis 49(2):125-142. DOI: 10.1111/gean.12121 . (link )

Wang, K., Q. Guan, N. Chen, D. Tong, C. Hu, Y. Peng, X. Dong and C. Yang. 2017. Optimizing the configuration of precipitation stations in a space-ground integrated sensor network based on spatial-temporal coverage maximization. Journal of Hydrology 548(May):625-640. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.03.033. (link )

Wei, R., D. Tong and J. M. Phillips. 2017. An integrated classification scheme for mapping estimates and errors of estimation from the American Community Survey. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 63(May):95-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.04.003. (link )


Chi, G., J. Thill, D. Tong, L. Shi and Y. Liu. 2016. Uncovering regional characteristics from mobile phone data: A network science approach. Papers in Regional Science 95(3):613-631. DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12149. (link )

Li, R. and D. Tong. 2016. Constructing human activity spaces: A new approach incorporating complex urban activity-travel. Journal of Transport Geography 56(Oct):23-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.08.013. (link )

Wang, K., N. Chen, D. Tong, K. Wang, W. Wang and J. Gong. 2016. Optimizing precipitation station location: A case study of the Jinsha River Basin. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 30(6):1207-1227. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1119280. (link )


Liu, Y., D. Tong and X. Liu. 2015. Measuring spatial autocorrelation of vectors. Geographical Analysis 47(3):300-319. DOI: 10.1111/gean.12069 . (link )

Mack, J. and D. Tong. 2015. Characterizing the spatial and temporal patterns of farmers’ market visits. Applied Geography 63(Sep):43-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.06.005. (link )

Wang, K., N. Chen, D. Tong, K. Wang and J. Gong. 2015. Optimizing the configuration of streamflow stations based on coverage maximization: A case study of the Jinsha River Basin. Journal of Hydrology 527(Aug):172-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.04.054. (link )


Lee, S., D. Tong and M. Hickman. 2014. Generating route-level mutually exclusive service areas: comparative study of alternative methods. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2350:37-46. DOI: 10.3141/2350-05. (link )

Lei, T. L., D. Tong and R. L. Church. 2014. Designing robust coverage systems: A maximal covering model considering with geographically varying failure probabilities. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(5):922-938. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2014.923722. (link )

Ren, F., D. Tong and M. Kwan. 2014. Space-time measures of demand for service: Bridging location modelling and accessibility studies through a time-geographic framework. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 96(4):329-344. (link )

Tong, D. and D. A. Plane. 2014. A new spatial optimization perspectives on the delineation of metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. Geographical Analysis 46(3):230-249. DOI: 10.1111/gean.12037 . (link )


Lee, S., M. Hickman and D. Tong. 2013. Development of a temporal and spatial linkage between transit demand and land use patterns. Journal of Transport and Land Use 6(2):33-46. DOI: 10.5198/jtlu.v6i2.268. (link )

Lei, T. L. and D. Tong. 2013. Hedging against service disruptions: An expected median location problem with site dependent failure probabilities. Journal of Geographical Systems 15(4):491-512. DOI: 10.1007/s10109-012-0175-y. (link )

Tong, D., W. Liu and A. Stein. 2013. Integrating the directional effect of traffic into geostatistical approaches for travel time estimation. International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research 11(3):101-112. DOI: 10.1007/s13177-013-0061-0. (link )


Cunningham, J. K., R. C. Callaghan, D. Tong, L. Liu, H. Li and W. J. Lattyak. 2012. Changing over-the-counter ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products to prescription only: Impacts on methamphetamine clandestine laboratories. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 126(1-2):55-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2012.04.011. (link )

Kang, C., X. Ma, D. Tong and Y. Liu. 2012. Intra-urban human mobility patterns: An urban morphology perspective. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 391(4):1702-1717. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2011.11.005. (link )

Lee, S., M. Hickman and D. Tong. 2012. Stop aggregation model: Development and application. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2276(3):38-47. DOI: 10.3141/2276-05. (link )

Tong, D. 2012. Regional coverage maximization: A new model to account implicitly for complementary coverage. Geographical Analysis 44(1):1-14. DOI: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.2011.00835.x. (link )

Tong, D. and R. L. Church. 2012. Aggregation in continuous space coverage modeling. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26(5):795-816. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2011.615748. (link )

Tong, D. and A. T. Murray. 2012. Spatial optimization in geography. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(6):1290-1309. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2012.685044. (link )

Tong, D., F. Ren and J. Mack. 2012. Locating farmers’ markets with an incorporation of spatiotemporal variation. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 46(2):149-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2011.07.002. (link )


Guo, Q., W. Li and D. Tong. 2011. Predicting potential distributions of geographic events using one-class data: Concepts and methods.. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 25(10):1697-1715. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2010.546360. (link )

Lin, W. and D. Tong. 2011. Vehicle re-identification with dynamic time windows for vehicle passage time estimation. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems 12(4):1057-1063. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2011.2140318. (link )

Shillington, L. and D. Tong. 2011. Maximizing wireless mesh network coverage. International Regional Science Review 34(4):419-437. DOI: 10.1177/0160017610396011. (link )


Murray, A. T., D. Tong and K. Kim. 2010. Enhancing classic coverage location models. International Regional Science Review 33(2):115-133. DOI: 10.1177/0160017609340149. (link )

Tong, D., W. Lin, J. Mack and D. Mueller. 2010. Accessibility-based multi-criteria analysis for facility siting. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2174:128-137. DOI: 10.3141/2174-17. (link )


Murray, A. T. and D. Tong. 2009. GIS and spatial analysis in the media. Applied Geography 29(2):250-259. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2008.09.002. (link )

Tong, D., C. J. Merry and B. Coifman. 2009. New perspectives on the use of GPS and GIS to support a highway performance study. Transactions in GIS 13(1):69-85. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2009.01144.x. (link )

Tong, D. and A. T. Murray. 2009. Maximising coverage of spatial demand for service. Papers in Regional Science 88(1):85-97. DOI: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2008.00168.x. (link )

Tong, D., A. Murray and N. Xiao. 2009. Heuristic in spatial analysis: a genetic algorithm for coverage maximization. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(4):698-711. DOI: 10.1080/00045600903120594. (link )

Zhang, B., F. W. Schwartz and D. Tong. 2009. Application of artificial neural computation in TOPEX waveform data: A case study in water ratio regression. International Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence 1(3):81-91. DOI: 10.4018/jssci.200907010. (link )

Zhang, B., F. W. Schwartz and D. Tong. 2009. LANDSAT sub-pixel analysis in mapping the impact of climatic variability on prairie pothole changes. Transactions in GIS 13(2):179-195. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2009.01149.x. (link )


Murray, A. T., T. C. Matisziw, H. Wei and D. Tong. 2008. A geocomputational heuristic for coverage maximization in service facility siting. Transactions in GIS 12(6):757-773. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2008.01125.x. (link )

Tong, D. and S. Dall'erba. 2008. Spatial disparities in the Chinese ICT sector: A regional analysis. Région et Développement 28:111-129. (link )


Murray, A. T. and D. Tong. 2007. Coverage optimization in continuous space facility siting. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 21(7):756-776. DOI: 10.1080/13658810601169857. (link )

Book Chapters


Tong, D. and A. T. Murray. 2017. Location analysis: Developments on the horizon. Pp. 193-208 In: Jackson, R. and P. Schaeffer eds., Regional Research Frontiers: Methodological Advances, Regional Systemss Modeling and Open Spaces. Vol 2. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-50589-3.


Wu, J., D. Tong and K. Ryavec. 2013. Spatial analysis and GIS modeling of regional religious systems in China: Conceptualization and initial experiments. Pp. 179-196 In: Du, Y. and J. Kyong-McClain eds., Chinese History in Geographical Perspective. Lexington Books. ISBN: 978-1498510929.


Murray, A. T., D. Tong and T. H. Grubesic. 2012. Spatial optimization: Expanding emergency services to address regional growth and development. Pp. 109-122 In: Stimson, R. and K. E. Haynes eds., Studies in Applied Geography and Spatial Analysis: Addressing Real World Issues. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. ISBN: 978-1781007129.