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Modelling the distribution of domestic ducks in Monsoon Asia

January 1, 2011

Domestic ducks are considered to be an important reservoir of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), as shown by a number of geospatial studies in which they have been identified as a significant risk factor associated with disease presence. Despite their importance in HPAI epidemiology, their large-scale distribution in Monsoon Asia is poorly understood. In this study, we created a spatial database of domestic duck census data in Asia and used it to train statistical distribution models for domestic duck distributions at a spatial resolution of 1km. The method was based on a modelling framework used by the Food and Agriculture Organisation to produce the Gridded Livestock of the World (GLW) database, and relies on stratified regression models between domestic duck densities and a set of agro-ecological explanatory variables. We evaluated different ways of stratifying the analysis and of combining the prediction to optimize the goodness of fit of the predictions. We found that domestic duck density could be predicted with reasonable accuracy (mean RMSE and correlation coefficient between log-transformed observed and predicted densities being 0.58 and 0.80, respectively), using a stratification based on livestock production systems. We tested the use of artificially degraded data on duck distributions in Thailand and Vietnam as training data, and compared the modelled outputs with the original high-resolution data. This showed, for these two countries at least, that these approaches could be used to accurately disaggregate provincial level (administrative level 1) statistical data to provide high resolution model distributions.

Publication Year 2011
Title Modelling the distribution of domestic ducks in Monsoon Asia
DOI 10.1016/j.agee.2011.04.013
Authors Thomas P. Van Bockel, Diann Prosser, Gianluca Franceschini, Chandra Biradar, William Wint, Tim Robinson, Marius Gilbert
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Index ID 70004876
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center