Using satellites to bite back West Nile virus
Keeping track of mosquitoes is essential to prevent vector-borne diseases, which are emerging infectious diseases. For instance, Europe experienced a growing threat of the West Nile virus infection in the summer of 2018 – the spike was due to high temperatures followed by wet weather – conditions that make mosquitos most likely to bite. To effectively control disease-vectors, the EU-funded VECTRACK project will develop remote sensing and spatial modelling techniques to create special maps to assist with risk surveillance and assessments. To deliver the first transnational and automated vector surveillance system, the project will use the Earth Observation Satellite Sentinel service, as well as ground nodes with optoelectronic sensors for the remote and automated counting and classification of mosquitoes.
Field of science
- /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
- /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus
- /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
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