There is a growing international awareness about the importance of the epidemiology of diseases and it is recognized that improved up-to date information of the environment, in which infectious diseases occur, will help epidemiologists to study, understand and predict threats to human health.
Within the scope of the Epidemio project satellites will join this field as data sources for epidemics. The scope of this ESA - funded project is to demonstrate and use the potential of Earth Observation for a new application supplying new types of environmental information on epidemiology. Jena-Optronik is the leader of the Epidemio project team. Since the work plan requires combining complementary skills and expertise, a consortium has been organised that is qualified and well experienced in the various relevant fields.
Objectives of Epidemio are the test and demonstration of the potential of Earth Observation for a new service for epidemiology. Furthermore analysing arisen epidemic diseases in a geographically limited - but in the past by epidemics affected area, assess the situation in real time in the area of interest, mapping the burden of diseases and new basis for prevention measurements, mapping the impact of control.
The project started in January 2004 and is divided in the sub-projects: urban mapping, digital elevation map, water body map, rush vegetation map, medium resolution land cover map, historical carthography, wind blown dust map and surface temperature maps.
EPIDEMIO helps epidemiologists by providing the data they need.