Mapping infectious disease landscapes: unmanned aerial vehicles and epidemiology

Fornace, K. M. , Drakeley, C. J., William, T., Espino, F. and Cox, J. (2014) Mapping infectious disease landscapes: unmanned aerial vehicles and epidemiology. Trends in Parasitology, 30(11), pp. 514-519. (doi: 10.1016/ (PMID:25443854)

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The potential applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have generated intense interest across many fields. UAVs offer the potential to collect detailed spatial information in real time at relatively low cost and are being used increasingly in conservation and ecological research. Within infectious disease epidemiology and public health research, UAVs can provide spatially and temporally accurate data critical to understanding the linkages between disease transmission and environmental factors. Using UAVs avoids many of the limitations associated with satellite data (e.g., long repeat times, cloud contamination, low spatial resolution). However, the practicalities of using UAVs for field research limit their use to specific applications and settings. UAVs fill a niche but do not replace existing remote-sensing methods.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fornace, Dr Kimberly
Authors: Fornace, K. M., Drakeley, C. J., William, T., Espino, F., and Cox, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Parasitology
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1471-5007
Published Online:22 October 2014

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