More than 30 years ago, human beings looked back from the Moon to see the magnificent spectacle of Earth-rise. The technology that put us into space has since been used to assess the damage we are doing to our natural environment and is now being harnessed to monitor and predict diseases through space and time. Satellite sensor data promise the development of early-warning systems for diseases such as malaria, which kills between 1 and 2 million people each year.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/415710a

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature

Publication Date

02/2002

Volume

415

Pages

710 - 715

Addresses

TALA Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. david.rogers@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Keywords

Animals, Humans, Anopheles, Malaria, Falciparum, Epidemiologic Methods, Incidence, Prevalence, Insect Vectors, Environmental Monitoring, Population Dynamics, Forecasting, Satellite Communications, Epidemiological Monitoring