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TitleMonitoring environmental indicators of vector-borne disease from space: a new opportunity for RADARSAT-2
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorKaya, S; Sokol, J; Pultz, T J
SourceCanadian Journal of Remote Sensing vol. 30, issue 3, 2004 p. 560-565, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043145
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; environmental geology; remote sensing; radar imagery; health hazards; RADARSAT-1
Illustrationssatellite images; tables
Released2014 06 02
AbstractEnvironmental vector-borne diseases are plaguing much of the world and are a serious concern on a global scale. Many of these diseases are clearly associated with specific environmental conditions and landscape variables. The science and technology associated with remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) are suitable for identifying these environmental targets. Since vector-borne diseases are most often found in tropical environments and during rainy seasons with persistent cloud cover conditions, radar is an important sensor for monitoring and mapping the environmental indicators of disease. Preliminary investigations using RADARSAT-1 C-band horizontal transmit, horizontal receive (C-HH) imagery have proven especially useful for identifying wetland habitats and flooded areas. It is anticipated that the advancements associated with upcoming RADARSAT-2 sensors will improve the science of mapping vector-borne disease risk in tropical areas, particularly with access to increased spatial and temporal resolution and fully polarimetric data. This paper discusses the concept of using radar remote sensing for epidemiology applications, results using RADARSAT-1 for malaria risk mapping in coastal Kenya, and expected results with the advanced capabilities of RADARSAT-2.

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