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TitleRADARSAT-1 for Monitoring Vector-borne Diseases in Tropical Environments: A Review
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorRoss, S G; Thomson, M C; Pultz, T
SourceTropical Environments; Asian Journal of Geoinformatics 2, 3, 2001 p. 1-11, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043024
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
SubjectsScience and Technology; Health and Safety; remote sensing; health hazards; mapping techniques; radar methods; radar imagery; satellites; RADARSAT-1
Illustrationsgraphs; tables
Released2001 01 01
AbstractThe incidence and spread of vector-borne infectious disease is an increasing concern in many parts of the world, especially tropical areas. 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 and their vectors. Geographically, the areas that bare the burden of infectious disease are often 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. Since the majority of infectious diseases occur in topical areas, however, 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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