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Spatial Cholera- Satellite Imagery & Disease Prevention

An interesting paper in WRR | Water Resources Journal suggests the potential of Cholera outbreak prediction and prevention through the utilization of satellite imagery. Specifically, large-scale hydroclimatic processes remain a stubborn, unpredictable issue in the spread of Cholera. Low-lying, brackish, marine environments susceptible to monsoon events are particularly at issue. Through raster analysis levels of chlorophyll in phytoplankton within such environments can be determined, and Cholera prediction becomes an opportunity. A long ways to have come from John Snow’s London Cholera Maps.

This study may be too recent to have been included in the upcoming publication of Tom Koch’s newest disease mapping GIS book. An overview of the publication is located here.

[Source: Tom Koch,]