With NASA satellites, researchers can now pinpoint areas with warm air temperatures and calm ponds and puddles of water. In this way, they can forecast malaria outbreaks down to household level and take the outstanding applications to fight against malaria over the planet.
In addition to predicting disease outbreaks, the new technology could also help monitor changing forest ecosystems that contribute to the spread of the deadly malaria parasite.
It also allows public health officials to be more prepared and allocate aid to areas where mosquito breeding grounds are prevalent.
The contribution of Land Data Assimilation System
One of the ways that scientists use satellites to combat malaria is through environmental monitoring. Using a wide range of data, scientists can predict where loggers are likely to enter the forest.
LDAS satellites( Land Data Assimilation System) can provide data on air and soil temperature, vegetation, and even rainfall. This information can be combined with data from multiple satellites to develop more accurate maps of malaria outbreaks and breeding sites. This way, more accurate predictions can be made and malaria cases can be prevented. However, predicting the occurrence of an outbreak can be challenging, and it is essential to have a better understanding of what factors are affecting the health of the population.
The data also allows public health officials to send aid to those who live near the breeding sites of malaria.
The satellites measures the period of vegetation
The use of satellites to measure vegetation is one way to help combat malaria. By analyzing the change in vegetation, scientists can determine the optimal conditions for mosquito breeding. These satellites can also help scientists identify the optimal times for a mosquito to lay an egg. This data can help save the lives of many people. Moreover, the data can be interpreted as a valuable tool in the global effort to curb the deadly malaria epidemic.
Nasa satellites helping fight malaria disease
How spread the Malaria
The Anopheles mosquito species are highly responsible for to spread of malaria caused by the parasite called Plasmodia. Only the female mosquitoes consume the parasite through ingesting upon feeding blood. The parasite is passed to the next one through mosquito biting. Because of these transmitting diseases, it is called vector-borne diseases.