Fusion of SAR and optical imagery for studuing the eco-epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in tropical countries

Abstract : Vector-borne diseases like malaria represent a major public health issue worldwide. Other mosquito-borne diseases affect more and more countries and people, with effects on health which are not all identified yet. Recent developments in the field of remote-sensing allow to consider overriding the existing limits of studying such diseases in tropical regions, where cloud and vegetation cover often prevent to identify and characterize environmental features. We highlight the potential of SAR-optical fusion for the mapping of land cover, the identification of wetlands, and the monitoring of environmental changes in different habitats related to vector-borne diseases in the French Guiana - Brazil cross-border area. This study is the foundation of a landscape-based model of malaria transmission risk. Environmental factors, together with epidemiological, socio-economic, behavioral, demographics, and entomological ones, contribute to assess risks related to such pathologies and support disease control and decision-making by local public health actors.
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Thibault Catry, Zhichao Li, Emmanuel Roux, Vincent Herbreteau, Christophe Révillion, et al.. Fusion of SAR and optical imagery for studuing the eco-epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in tropical countries. 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium, European Space Agency, May 2016, Prague, Czech Republic. ⟨hal-01490830⟩

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