The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLI-B8
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B8, 1409–1411, 2016
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B8, 1409–1411, 2016

  14 Oct 2016

14 Oct 2016


John Malone1, Robert Bergquist2, Laura Rinaldi3, and Zhou Xiao-nong4 John Malone et al.
  • 1Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
  • 2Geospatial Health Journal, Ingerod, Brastad, Sweden
  • 3Section of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
  • 4National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Keywords: Neglected tropical diseases (NTD), surveillance and response, schistosomiasis, elimination

Abstract. Geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) from Earth-observing satellites offer opportunities for rapid assessment of areas endemic for vector-borne diseases including estimates of populations at risk and guidance to intervention strategies. This presentation deals with GIS and RS applications for the control of schistosomiasis in China and the Philippines. It includes large-scale risk mapping including identification of suitable habitats for Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host snail of Schistosoma japonicum. Predictions of infection risk are discussed with reference to ecological transformations and the potential impact of climate change and the potential for long-term temperature increases in the North as well as the impact on rivers, lakes and water resource developments. Potential integration of geospatial mapping and modeling in schistosomiasis surveillance and response systems in Asia within Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) guidelines in the health societal benefit area is discussed.