GLOBE Observer Getting Started: Mosquito Habitat Mapper - Sample Collection

  • Released Thursday, August 20, 2020

In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are more than just a summertime nuisance. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year. (World Health Organization). Using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, citizen scientists will be able to augment broad scale satellite-based research with targeted ground-based observations at a high level of granularity.

“Satellites don’t see mosquitoes,” says Dr. Assaf Anyamba, a scientist using satellite data to study mosquitoes at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. “However, satellites provide us observation platforms from which to monitor the environmental variables that indicate where mosquito populations can flourish. This helps us identify areas where disease can emerge.”

Learn how to use GLOBE Observer to take Mosquito Habitat Mapper observations in your own community! Submit your own observations whether or not mosquito larvae are found. Take it a step further and collect a sample of mosquito larvae to identify later.

“By generating local, ground-based data with the help of citizen scientists, the app gives scientists supplementary data as they model mosquito population outbreaks,” says Dr. Rusty Low of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Arlington, Virginia, one of the NASA-funded organizations that helped develop the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.

To learn more about GLOBE Observer and Mosquito Habitat Mapper, visit the GLOBE Observer website.


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This page was originally published on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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