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Title: Satellite derived forest phenology and its relation with nephropathia epidemica in Belgium
Authors: Barrios, José Miguel ×
Verstraeten, Willem W
Maes, Piet
Clement, Jan
Aerts, Jean-Marie
Haredasht, Sara Amirpour
Wambacq, Julie
Lagrou, Katrien
Ducoffre, Geneviève
Van Ranst, Marc
Berckmans, Daniel
Coppin, Pol #
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International
Series Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health vol:7 issue:6 pages:2486-2500
Abstract: The connection between nephropathia epidemica (NE) and vegetation dynamics has been emphasized in recent studies. Changing climate has been suggested as a triggering factor of recently observed epidemiologic peaks in reported NE cases. We have investigated whether there is a connection between the NE occurrence pattern in Belgium and specific trends in remotely sensed phenology parameters of broad-leaved forests. The analysis of time series of the MODIS Enhanced Vegetation Index revealed that changes in forest phenology, considered in literature as an effect of climate change, may affect the mechanics of NE transmission.
ISSN: 1660-4601
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology
Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
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