Here we have highlighted some of the projects that are technically supported by GAL. Most are coordinated with the ND community to meet their research goals using geospatial techniques. Browse the links to the left to learn more about these exciting projects.

Integrating an Agent-based Model of Malaria Mosquitoes with a Geographic Information System

  • Project Period: 2011-2013
  • Contributors: Dr. Dilkushi Pitts and Rumana Reaz Arifin
  • Conference Paper: S.M. Niaz Arifin, Rumana Reaz Arifin, Dilkushi A. deA. Pitts, Gregory R. Madey. 25th European Modeling Simulation Symposium (EMSS), Athens, Greece 2013.
  • http://www.msc-les.org/conf/emss2013/index.htm

This project is about integrating GIS with Agent-based Malaria Simulation modeling. Real-world data for a village in Asembo, Kenya are processed through GIS environment and converted to Ascii files to input into the simulator. Results are analyzed using spatial techniques to provide biological insight for Malaria transmission. Results indicate that availability of resources and relative distances between them are crucial determinants for malaria transmission. The maps reveal potential hotspots for the measured variables.

Agent-based model results 1Study Area with Selected Data Layers and Gridlines (processed through GIS environment) for the Agent-Based Model.

Agent-based model results 2Simulated results (from the Agent-based model) on mosquito abundance analyzed by GIS techniques. Results indicate that higher abundances of mosquitoes are associated with type-1 breeding sites (surrounded by human houses), followed by type-2 breeding sites.