Satellite-derived estimation of environmental suitability for malaria vector development in Portugal
- Autores: Almeida APG, Benali A, Freitas FB, Lima JC, Lourenço PM, Novo MT, Nunes JP, Seixas J, Sousa CA
- Ano de Publicação: 2014
- Journal: Remote Sensing of Environment
- Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425714000273
This work focused on determining the current relationships between environmental factors and the density of the former malaria vector Anopheles atroparvus in Portugal, a previously endemic country. Adult females were sampled and vector density was estimated in 22 sites in Southern Portugal between 2001 and 2010 and related with land cover and satellite-derived air temperature and vegetation indices. The relationship between vector density and local larval habitat, temperature and, in a broader sense, to environmental suitability, was assessed using a statistical modelling approach.