Satellite Derived Forest Phenology and Its Relation with Nephropathia Epidemica in Belgium
AbstractThe connection between nephropathia epidemica (NE) and vegetation dynamics has been emphasized in recent studies. Changing climate has been suggested as a triggering factor of recently observed epidemiologic peaks in reported NE cases. We have investigated whether there is a connection between the NE occurrence pattern in Belgium and specific trends in remotely sensed phenology parameters of broad-leaved forests. The analysis of time series of the MODIS Enhanced Vegetation Index revealed that changes in forest phenology, considered in literature as an effect of climate change, may affect the mechanics of NE transmission.
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Barrios, J.M.; Verstraeten, W.W.; Maes, P.; Clement, J.; Aerts, J.-M.; Haredasht, S.A.; Wambacq, J.; Lagrou, K.; Ducoffre, G.; Ranst, M.V.; Berckmans, D.; Coppin, P. Satellite Derived Forest Phenology and Its Relation with Nephropathia Epidemica in Belgium. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 2486-2500.
Barrios JM, Verstraeten WW, Maes P, Clement J, Aerts J-M, Haredasht SA, Wambacq J, Lagrou K, Ducoffre G, Ranst MV, Berckmans D, Coppin P. Satellite Derived Forest Phenology and Its Relation with Nephropathia Epidemica in Belgium. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(6):2486-2500.Chicago/Turabian Style
Barrios, José Miguel; Verstraeten, Willem W.; Maes, Piet; Clement, Jan; Aerts, Jean-Marie; Haredasht, Sara Amirpour; Wambacq, Julie; Lagrou, Katrien; Ducoffre, Geneviève; Ranst, Marc Van; Berckmans, Daniel; Coppin, Pol. 2010. "Satellite Derived Forest Phenology and Its Relation with Nephropathia Epidemica in Belgium." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 6: 2486-2500.