Museum Alliance PD - Using NASA Satellite Data to Predict and Respond to Water-related and Vector-borne Diseases
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Come learn how and why NASA satellite data is being used to predict the onset of water-related and vector-borne diseases as well as to inform operational users so they can respond to outbreaks. During this telecom, we will have NASA scientists share research that is being done to learn more about malaria transmission in the western Amazon basin as well as cholera outbreaks in various locations, learn about a current NASA DEVELOP program which is focused on western Europe, and find out how citizen scientists around the world are getting into the action by using their smart phones to collect and share data about potential mosquito breeding sites. We will share several great resources and one of the newest NASA videos which focuses on this topic.
Dr. Ben Zaitchik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. His research addresses hydroclimatic variability across a range of spatial and temporal scales, with a particular focus on the impacts that variability has on water resources, food and energy systems, and human health. Prior to joining JHU, Ben was a Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.
Dorian Janney is a retired science educator who spent over thirty years in the classroom. She is the Senior Outreach Specialist for the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, and works with the GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts and the GLOBE Program. Currently, she is leading the GPM Water-related and Vector-borne Disease Initiative.
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