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Sunday, November 5 • 9:45am - 10:15am
GIS Educator's Day User Session. Engaging Students with mosquito-borne diseases in GIS

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AUTHORS: Rebecca Boger, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

ABSTRACT: A new citizen science initiative, the GLOBE Observer (GO) Mosquito Habitat Mapper app was launched in May 2017. This app, available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, allows citizen scientists to collect and submit data that includes photos of larvae mosquito genus or species, type of water source (e.g., container or pond) where the larvae were found, and whether the standing water has been eliminated. The geolocated data are available through the GLOBE database (www.globe.gov). The health crises around vector-borne diseases provides an excellent venue to engage students in learning about a variety of topics including where mosquito breeding habitats occur, who may be at most risk, and what are the costs associated with tackling the spread and ultimate elimination of diseases such as Zika, dengue fever, malaria, and West Nile virus. Data collected by this app can be integrated will other spatial datasets to conduct a wide variety of spatial analysis using AGO and desktop GIS. In this way, students bring together environmental science, social justice, and economic perspectives. The analyses can be about the communities where they live or elsewhere around the world. We will show examples of the types of spatial analyses that can be conducted with the mosquito data and the educational materials that have been created for the app.

Sunday November 5, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am EST

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