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Disease and Pandemic Early Warning

09/01/2010

Data from remote sensing satellites can be used to provide warning of certain disease outbreaks and pandemics. Researchers create predictive software models by studying the link between environmental factors observable from space and epidemiological data for the population at risk. Several such systems are already in operation around the world, but there are many more diseases that show potential for space-based early warning systems. This white paper explores three existing systems and explains how others could be created.

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