IGPP Seminar Series

Operational Hydrologic Monitoring of Mosquito-Borne Disease

by Jeffrey Shaman, Sponsored by the Geoscience Initiative


In recent years the effect of climate change on human health, including infectious disease, has become an issue of increasing interest. I argue that a true understanding of the connection between climate and infectious disease requires a better understanding of the processes through which local environmental variability affects disease system ecology. I use the example of West Nile virus transmission to illustrate how the identification of local disease system response to the environment can be used to develop large-scale and long-term prediction of disease outcomes. Multiple methods are used in this study, including physical, ecological and statistical models, and the operational use and policy implications of the findings are discussed.
Tuesday, 01 April 2008
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM