Title: Mapping Mobility Functional Areas (MFA) using Mobile Positioning Data to Inform COVID-19 Policies: A European regional analysis
Authors: IACUS STEFANOSANTAMARIA SERNA CARLOSSERMI FRANCESCOSPYRATOS SPYRIDONTARCHI DARIOVESPE MICHELE
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC121299
ISBN: 978-92-76-20429-9 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 30291 EN
OP KJ-NA-30291-EN-N (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC121299
DOI: 10.2760/076318
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This work introduces the concept of data-driven Mobility Functional Areas (MFAs) as geographic zones with high degree of intra-mobility exchanges. Such information, calculated at European regional scale thanks to mobile data, can be useful to inform targeted reescalation policy responses in cases of future COVID-19 outbreaks (avoiding large-area or even national lockdowns). In such events, the geographic distribution of MFAs would define territorial areas to which lockdown interventions could be limited, with the result of minimising socio-economic consequences of such policies. The analysis of the time evolution of MFAs can also be thought of as a measure of how human mobility changes not only in intensity but also in patterns, providing innovative insights into the impact of mobility containment measures. This work presents a first analysis for 15 European countries (14 EU Member States and Norway).
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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