FOREST AND ROAD PATTERNS USED AS AN INDICATOR FOR LYME DISEASE

Investigators:

Durland Fish, PI, Carrie A. Howard

Yale School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Description:

Risk of Lyme disease in New England is closely related to where people live. The trend of suburban living in recent years and the transition of farmland to forests in the Northeast have been a leading factor to the emergence of Lyme disease in this area.

The goal of this projects is to qunatify peri-domestic risk by analyzing the proportion of forest near roads as an indicator for human risk on a county level. Landsat MSS imagery will be used to classify a forest/non-forest image that will be analyzed with a road coverage (USGS digital line graphs).

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18 May 1998