Sunday, July 10, 2011

Satellite Images to Combat Avian Flu

"It is not only domestic poultry but also wild waterbirds that play a significant role in the spread of the avian influenza variant H5N1. With the aid of satellite data, it is possible to create risk maps for the spread of the virus by wild waterbirds. This has been shown in research by Yali Si, who obtained her doctoral degree from the ITC faculty of the University of Twente on 16 June."  Read more.
Comment: In the early part of 2005, Professor A. Townsend Peterson, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, Kansas University, released some ground breaking work along these same lines for the North American continent.  Those efforts focused on using historic migratory flyways to determine the likelihood of an avian flu outbreak at any specific location inside the United States, as sequenced across time.

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