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Research Project: Biting Arthropod Surveillance and Control

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research

Title: Use of Satellite data by the USDA to Forecast Global Vector-borne Human and Animal Diseases

item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken
item ANYAMBA, ASSAF - Goddard Space Flight Center
item Gibson, Seth

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/15/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In recent years satellite remote sensing has been used increasingly for public health applications. In this symposium, experts from four government departments and agencies with major roles in leading and promoting such applications will discuss the state of the art of using remote sensing for epidemiological modeling and outbreak prediction. A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy expert on biosurveillance and pandemic prediction has co-organized the symposium. Their efforts concern a wide range of diseases and human health issues in the U.S. and many other countries. The speakers will review how satellite measured meteorological, environmental and climatic data are being used for disease surveillance, forecast and response. They will discuss the geophysical parameters and surface conditions measure by satellites that may promote disease transmission and trigger outbreaks. In addition the 3) USDA speaker will discuss studies and future work in the U.S. and overseas on vector-borne disease with medical, agricultural or veterinary importance, including Rift Valley fever, chikunguynya, dengue and Japanese encephalitis, as well as efforts on forecasting diseases.