Spatial Analysis, Biogeography, and the Hunt for Osama bin Laden

The work of two geography professors and five of their students at UCLA using biogeography theory and spatial analysis tools to locate the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden has been all over the news (both geospatial and mainstream) over the last several weeks. Yesterday Scientific American published an interesting blog post which offers a critique of the paper; perhaps most importantly, that the authors “omitted several key details from their analysis, most notably pertinent political or historical context”.

You can find the original paper published in the MIT International Review here [PDF].