U013:
Public Health Applications of Remote Sensing





Session ID#: 23328

Session Description:
Emerging and re-emerging diseases, such as Zika, Chikungunya, Ebola and Avian Flu, pose serious challenges to global public health.  Likewise, environmental pollution puts many lives at risk:  The World Health Organization recently estimated that air pollution causes one of every nine deaths. 

Remote sensing helps to address these challenges, providing measurements of environmental conditions such as precipitation, surface temperature, vegetation and air quality. Satellites provide global spatial coverage, a distinct advantage in regions where in situ measurements are missing or sparse. Further, satellite data offer increased statistical power to relate exposure with health outcomes.

Contributions may address vector-borne disease, water-borne disease, respiratory illness, etc., and may include applications of remote sensing to:

• Map health risks;

• Detect conditions that trigger disease outbreaks;

• Construct satellite-based health indices; or

• Provide input to models and early warning systems.

Particular attention will be paid to contributions addressing Sustainable Development Goal #3.

Primary Convener:  Margaret Hurwitz, Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD, United States; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Conveners:  Assaf Anyamba, Universities Space Research Association Greenbelt, Greenbelt, MD, United States and Bryan N Duncan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1834 Human impacts [HYDROLOGY]
3360 Remote sensing [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
4322 Health impact [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Yuqiang Zhang1, James J West2, Rohit Mathur1, Jia Xing3,4, Christian Hogrefe1, Shawn Jon Roselle1, Jesse O Bash1, Jonathan E. Pleim1, Chuen-Meei Gan1, David C. Wong1, Daniel Tong5,6, Aaron van Donkelaar7 and Randall Martin7,8, (1)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, United States, (2)University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Chapel Hill, NC, United States, (3)Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, (4)State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, (5)Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (6)NOAA Air Resources Laboratory, College Park, MD, United States, (7)Dalhousie University, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Halifax, NS, Canada, (8)Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, United States
Radina P Soebiyanto1,2, Xhafer Rama1,2, Rikke Jepsen1,2, Shivam Bijoria1,2, Kenneth James Linthicum3 and Assaf Anyamba1,4, (1)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)Universities Space Research Association Greenbelt, Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)USDA ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), Gainesville, FL, United States, (4)Universities Space Research Association Greenbelt, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Kenneth James Linthicum, USDA ARS, Gainesville, FL, United States
Yang Liu1, Qingyang Xiao1, Matthew J Strickland1, Howard H. Chang2 and Haidong Kan3, (1)Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, (2)Emory University, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Atlanta, GA, United States, (3)Fudan University, School of Public Health, Shanghai, China

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