RapidEye… War On Malaria (Imagery) : Satnews PublishersPosted: March 13, 2012
Even small water bodies and wetlands play an important role as larval breeding sites for malaria transmitting Anopheles mosquitoes. The identification of water bodies and wetlands are a direct indicator for malaria risk and the distance of local population to water is a major determinant for malaria incidence. In addition, the relation between different land cover types and malaria incidence will be geo-statistically investigated by incorporating other remotely sensed environmental parameters such as elevation, land surface temperature, rainfall estimates, vegetation indices, etc. In addition, it is a hypothesis that recently introduced large-scale irrigated agriculture in the region has caused a change in malaria incidence patterns. High resolution RapidEye data will be used to investigate the relationship between these factors and malaria incidence.