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Title: Spatial correlation of tuberculosis (TB) incidents to the mODIS LST biophysical Signature of African countries
Authors: Τσάτσαρης, Ανδρέας
Μηλιαρέσης, Γιώργος Χ.
Item type: Journal article
Keywords: Environmental health;Geographic information systems;Land surface temperature;MODIS (Spectroradiometer);Πνεύμονες Ασθένειες;Βιοφυσική;Αφρική;Γεωπληροφορική
Subjects: Topography
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2015
Date of availability: 19-Jan-2015
Publisher: World Academic Publishing
Abstract: Monthly night averaged land surface temperature (LST) imagery is analyzed throughout a year-period (2008), in an attempt to capture the seasonal variability of LST, and parametrically represent and classify the African Countries. Segmentation outlined in an objective way the temporal variation of LST during the 2008, grouped in 9 zones with distinct spatial distribution, each one presenting a distinct annual variation of monthly LST. Tuberculosis incidence per county for the year 2008 was correlated to the percentage areal occurrence of the 9 biophysical zones. More specifically statistical analysis indicates that there is an increase of TB-IR per country if the percent occurrence of either zone 4 or zone 6 is increased. Such evidence was already known, but it is the first time that this correlation was quantified on the basis of high resolution LST data comparable to the previous studies that were based on the very sparse meteorological stations network. The MODIS multi-temporal LST data can assist the modeling of the disease risk and disease spatial distribution as well as environmental modeling, climatic change studies at moderate resolution/country level scale.
Language: English
Citation: Tsatsaris, A. and Miliaresis, G.,CH. (2013). Spatial correlation of tuberculosis (TB) incidents to the mODIS LST biophysical Signature of African countries.IJEP 1(1) 2013 pp. 49-57. World Academic Publishing .Available from:
Journal: IJEP
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Sponsor: World Academic Publishing
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
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