These visualizations were created for the May 18, 2012 Library of Congress Talk Predictiding Disease Outbreaks from Space. In this talk NASA scientist Assaf Anyamba, will present how using remote-sensing data we can see links among weather, diseases and famine.
An early warning system more than a decade in development successfully predicted the 2006-2007 outbreak of the deadly Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in East Africa and subsequent outbreaks in Sudan (2007) and South Africa (2008-2011). RVF is a deadly hemorrhagic disease transmitted by mosquitoes that infects livestock and human populations episodically. An international team of research scientists, public-health professionals, agricultural specialists and military personnel had worked for a decade to successfully predict when and where an outbreak of RVF would occur.
This visualization shows the relationships between Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomaly, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) Anomaly and Rift Valley Fever (RVF) outbreaks in Africa during 2004-2010.
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 188.8.131.52.0