Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s public-health monitoring and analysis platform: A satellite-derived environmental information system supporting epidemiological study

  • Kei Oyoshi | ohyoshi.kei@jaxa.jp Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • Yosei Mizukami Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • Ryosuke Kakuda Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Yusuke Kobayashi Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Hiroki Kai Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Takeo Tadono Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Abstract

Since the 1970s, Earth-observing satellites collect increasingly detailed environmental information on land cover, meteorological conditions, environmental variables and air pollutants. This information spans the entire globe and its acquisition plays an important role in epidemiological analysis when in situ data are unavailable or spatially and/or temporally sparse. In this paper, we present the development of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Public-health Monitoring and Analysis Platform available from JAXA, a user-friendly, web-based system providing environmental data on shortwave radiation, rainfall, soil moisture, the normalized difference vegetation index, aerosol optical thickness, land surface temperature and altitude. This system has been designed so that users should be able to download and utilize data without the need for additional data processing. The website allows interactive exchange and users can request data for a specific geographic location and time using the information gained for epidemiological analysis.

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Published
2019-05-14
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Keywords:
Earth-observing satellites, Infectious diseases, Environmental information, Online database, Geospatial data, JPMAP, JAXA
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How to Cite
Oyoshi, K., Mizukami, Y., Kakuda, R., Kobayashi, Y., Kai, H., & Tadono, T. (2019). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s public-health monitoring and analysis platform: A satellite-derived environmental information system supporting epidemiological study. Geospatial Health, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2019.717