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Using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper? Read Recent Community Blog: “Big Data and Mosquitoes”
Are you using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper to help reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease across the world? Read a recent blog by NASA Science Educator Dorian Wood Janney, “Big Data and Mosquitoes.”
“I bet you would be surprised to learn that since we began to collect ‘Mosquito Habitat Mapper’ data (5/29/2017), we have had over 20,915 observations submitted! Think about how significant that number is for a tool that has only been available for less than three years!” Janney said in the blog.
“As many of us who live in the northern hemisphere begin to see signs of spring arriving- robins, crocuses, leaf buds on the trees, and warmer weather- we know that we will also see adult mosquitoes before too long. While there are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes, only about 100 of those species are actually dangerous to humans. When we are bit by a mosquito, it is the adult female with eggs who bites us. Both male and female mosquitoes get their food from pollen, but the female needs a blood meal to supply her eggs with protein so they will be viable.”
“When we get bit by mosquitoes, that is when we can contract a disease. With the "Mosquito Habitat Mapper" you are helping to reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease across the globe! There are four easy steps in this tool, and you do not have to do them all for you to be helping.”
To read the entire blog, and learn about the four steps, click here!type: globe-news
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office