Climate Information for Mosquito Control
Although daily weather and seasonal to inter-annual climatic variability influence mosquito vector biology and risk of vector-borne disease, this information is not readily employed in disease control programs.
We have recently begun a study that seeks to bridge this divide. It integrates the expertise of climatologists, entomologists, risk communication experts, and public health and vector control professionals to develop a system for predicting and monitoring risk of mosquito vectors, West Nile virus (WNV) transmission, and human health risk that will be readily usable by public health professionals for decision-making.
Support for this research was provided by Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and grants from Hatch (NYC-139410), USDA/CSREES Multistate (MRF) project NE-507, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA04OAAR4310184).