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TitleMonitoring Vector-borne Disease with RADARSAT-1
AuthorRoss, S G; Thomson, M; Fung, K B; Brown, R J
SourcePhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 2001.
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042959
AbstractThe incidence and spread of vector-borne infectious disease is an increasing concern in many parts of the world. Earth observation techniques are becoming a recognised means of monitoring and mapping disease risk, and have proven useful in associating environmental indicators with various disease vectors. Geographically, the areas that bare the burden of infectious disease are remote and not easily monitored using traditional, labour intensive survey techniques. High spatial and temporal coverage provided by spaceborne sensors allows for the investigation of large areas in a timely manner. However, since the majority of infectious diseases occur in topical areas, one of the main barriers to earth observation techniques is high cloud-cover. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology offers a solution to this problem by providing all-weather, day and night imaging capability. RADARSAT-1, Canada's first earth observation satellite is being used operationally for many applications, including flood monitoring, land cover mapping and disaster management. This paper will discuss several SAR remote-sensing applications and consider the potential of RADARSAT-1 for disease monitoring applications.

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