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Visualization of schistosomiasis snail habitats using light unmanned aerial vehicles

January 8, 2021

Schistosomiasis, or “snail fever”, is a parasitic disease affecting over 200 million people worldwide. People become infected when exposed to water containing particular species of freshwater snails. Habitats for such snails can be mapped using lightweight, inexpensive and field-deployable consumer-grade Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Drones can obtain imagery in remote areas with poor satellite imagery. An unexpected outcome of using drones is public engagement. Whereas sampling snails exposes field technicians to infection risk and might disturb locals who are also using the water site, drones are novel and fun to watch, attracting crowds that can be educated about the infection risk.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Visualization of schistosomiasis snail habitats using light unmanned aerial vehicles
DOI 10.4081/gh.2020.818
Authors Andrew J Chamberlin, Isabel J. Jones, Andrea J Lund, Nicolas Jouanard, Gilles Riveau, Raphaël Ndione, Susanne H. Sokolow, Chelsea L. Wood, Kevin D. Lafferty, Giulio A. De Leo
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geospatial Health
Series Number
Index ID 70220170
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center