Special Issue "Remote Sensing in Public Health"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2011).
Interests: intersection of global environmental change; human health; and policy; with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution
Interests: Create new methods to monitor Earth observation parameters from remotely sensed data with emphasis on vegetation, temperature, precipitation, surface moisture, and fire activity; Integrate climate and environmental monitoring information into applications for Human Health, Agriculture, Food Security, Natural Disaster and Pest Management
Good health is one of the primary aspirations of human social development. As a consequence, health indicators are key components of the human development indices by which we measure progress toward sustainable development. Certain diseases and causes of ill health are associated with particular environmental and climate conditions. Changes in the natural environment and climate can thus compromise human and animal health. Droughts may lead to malnutrition, dust storms and smog can cause respiratory illnesses, and algal blooms contaminate seafood. Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases can spread whenever ecosystems change.
Spatial information derived from remotely-sensed data or models is playing an increasingly important role in understanding the relationship between health and environmental factors, in addition to locating and forecasting disease outbreaks. Remote Sensing and associated spatial modeling techniques hold particular potential for efficient monitoring and forecasting of human and animal diseases; developing policies and implementing interventions aimed at better controlling these diseases.
This special issue of Remote Sensing solicits papers that present innovative Remote Sensing applications and related spatial modeling techniques to support monitoring and forecasting human and animal health in order to support efforts to better manage those factors that risk to compromise it.
Dr. Pietro Ceccato
Dr. Patrick Kinney
- remote sensing
- earth observation
- human and animal health
- air quality
- infectious diseases
- emerging and re-emerging diseases
- early warning systems