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Remote sensing and disease control in China: past, present and future

Zhijie Zhang123*, Michecal Ward4, Jie Gao123, Zengliang Wang123, Baodong Yao12, Tiejun Zhang12 and Qingwu Jiang123*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, People’s Republic of China

2 Key Laboratory of Public Health Safety, Ministry of Education, Shanghai 200032, People’s Republic of China

3 Laboratory for Spatial Analysis and Modeling, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, People’s Republic of China

4 Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Camden, NSW, Australia

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Parasites & Vectors 2013, 6:11  doi:10.1186/1756-3305-6-11

Published: 11 January 2013

Abstract

Satellite measurements have distinct advantages over conventional ground measurements because they can collect the information repeatedly and automatically. Since 1970 globally and 1985 in China, the availability of remote sensing (RS) techniques has steadily grown and they are becoming increasingly important to improve our understanding of human health. This paper gives the first detailed overview on the developments of RS applications for disease control in China. The problems, challenges and future directions are also discussed with an aim of guiding prospective studies.

Keywords:
Remote sensing; Satellites; Disease control; Human health; China