The History to the Now
In Fall of 2017, the Wilson Center will work with a NASA DEVELOP team in a proof-of-concept data integration combining data from three mosquito monitoring citizen science projects with NASA Earth Observations. This will demonstrate the value of a coordinated global approach for advancing research and supporting decision-making. This project may also expose critical data gaps to be addressed through local deployments, and technical hurdles towards coordinating monitoring and integrating data.
Currently GMAC is looking to create a toolkit and work in tandem with UN Environment to combine and refine data on mosquito population and habitat presence.
NASA DEVELOP is a subdivision of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA. The DEVELOP National Program seeks to unite the Earth Observations Community that NASA has cultivated with public policy leaders to address environmental concerns from both angels. One of their projects, the Western Europe Health & Air Quality II, serves as the seminal project for GMAC providing citizen science data from numerous projects across Western Europe to NASA in order to create habitability maps.
One of the most pressing tasks for the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium is to create a dynamic and programmable toolkit. The toolkit will be presented as a guide for project managers to use and expand upon according to their community’s needs. It will contain protocols concerning volunteer recruitment and public health engagement, as well as educational materials to bridge the fieldwork and the classroom. For more information on the toolkit and the project please see the Project Report.
While consortium partners are predominantly based in the United States and Europe, a number of partners are pilot testing local deployments in Central America, South America, and Africa. More support is required to understand how technology can be customized to local needs and to build a truly global network.
The CSGP is seeking to use its Network of Networks approach to connect likeminded organization to the GMAC community as well as potentially inspire citizen scientists to take a leadership role in new and globally diverse mosquito monitoring projects.
The Global Mosquito Alert Consortium continues to hold virtual monthly meetings.
- Workshop report out here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/global_mosquito_alert_2018.pdf
- Web page here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/global-mosquito-alert