Predicting Dengue Transmission in a Changing Climate to Improve Mosquito Control

Dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and other Aedes aegypti-transmitted viruses are a major concern throughout the tropics and sub-tropics, and better mosquito control could dramatically reduce disease burden. Mosquito control is currently inefficient and poorly targeted in part because of a general lack of mosquito surveillance data in most places. Understanding the links between climate, mosquito abundance, and dengue infections would promote a more effective allocation of costly and sometimes environmentally damaging mosquito control resources, such as insecticides. This project will develop improved models that use satellite imagery to predict the climate suitability for dengue transmission, and integrate the improved models into current decision-making procedures on vector control.

Funding for this project is being provided by the Stanford Woods Institute Environmental Ventures Program (EVP).

Investigative Team: Erin Mordecai (PI), Desiree LaBeaud (co-PI), Eric Lambin (co-PI)