From predicting mosquito habitat to malaria seasons using remotely sensed data: practice, problems and perspectives
Hay SI., Snow RW., Rogers DJ.
Remote sensing techniques are becoming increasingly important for identifying mosquito habitats, investigating malaria epidemiology and assisting malaria control. Here, Simon Hay, Bob Snow and David Rogers review the development of these techniques, from aerial photographic identification of mosquito larval habitats on the local scale through to the space-based survey of malaria risk over continental areas using increasingly sophisticated airborne and satellite-sensor technology. They indicate that previous constraints to uptake are becoming less relevant and suggest how future delays in the use of remotely sensed data in malaria control might be avoided.