Linkages between FAO agroclimatic data resources and the development of GIS models for control of vector-borne diseases

Acta Trop. 2001 Apr 27;79(1):21-34. doi: 10.1016/s0001-706x(01)00100-0.


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is the largest specialized UN Agency dealing with agriculture, forestry and fishery, particularly in the developing countries. One of its technical services, placed under the Sustainable Development Department, has the responsibility to provide information on environment and natural resources as related to food and agriculture. It includes, among others, expertise in remote sensing, geographic information systems and agrometeorology, production of global environmental digital datasets, meteorological and remote sensing data collection and analysis at near real-time, development of methodologies, models and tools for data standardization, collection, spatialization, analysis and dissemination, networking and information sharing, development of integrated information management systems. Some experience has also been gained in the use of climatic digital datasets for spatial modeling of crop pests and diseases. The description of mapping the distribution of the Western Corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera) in Europe as a function of environmental conditions is presented as well as the global assessment of environmental potential constraints based on processing of digital datasets. A simple spatial interpolation routine is briefly explained.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Climate
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Disease Vectors*
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Meteorological Concepts*
  • Software
  • United Nations*