Integrated maps, combining data from satellites and other sources are providing new insights into malaria interventions. Mun-Keat Looi talks to Abdisalan Noor (pictured), a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow in Kenya, on his work in the field of geospatial modelling.
High-powered computers and earth-orbiting satellites may seem a world away from malaria, but these are the tools used by Wellcome Trust research training fellow Dr Abdisalan Noor to aid the fight against malaria.
Noor works on geospatial modelling at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KEMRI), putting data from satellites and other sources into integrated maps that can offer fresh insights to a subject.
“Nearly all data are related to a specific location on earth,” explains Noor. “Geospatial modelling is the process of mathematically relating different spatial data to help us understand variables such as the prevalence of the malaria parasite, the distribution of a population, poverty or…
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