We've started Year 2 - GLOBE Mission Mosquito

Dear GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign friends,

 

We had a very informative webinar on November.7th entitled, "The Mosquito’s Climate Dance.” The IPCC reports that Mosquito vector-borne diseases are the infectious diseases most sensitive to changes in climate. Our presenter, Dr. Russanne Low, described the impact of climate change on mosquitoes. We shared teaching tips on how to communicate climate change effectively, and introduced the "Disease Danger Day Calculator". Our activity highlight focused on the "Phenology Guide.  You can view the archived webinar here.

 

We are delighted to see the number of mosquito habitat mapper observations increasing each month. As of October. 31, we have had a total of 18,574 data submissions! 

 

For the past 30 days our top MHM data submitters are from Senegal, Philippines, Benin, U.S.A., and Brazil. 

 

Our next GLOBE Mission Mosquito webinar will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 8 PM (ET). It is entitled "Mosquito Assassins; a SWAT analysis". Dr. Anita Shiller, the director of Biological Control Initiative, Harris County, Texas, will be our guest presenter. You can register for this webinar here.  

 

Teachers: Remember that the GLOBE IVSS projects are due by March 10, 2020. If anyone would like support and resources to assist students in doing projects involved the MHM, please reach out to Dorian Janney.

 

Students: If you have used either your own data or data using GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper and other NASA data sets in mosquito research, consider entering the International Virtual Science Symposium. Information may be found here

 

We hope you’ll join us on December 5th.

 


News and Announcements

New resource! Beyond the Bite” is designed as a reference guide to seven mosquito-borne diseases. Use it in both formal and informal education settings.

 

 


Please credit: Jenn Paul Glaser @scribearts.org
Image credit to Jen Paul Glaser @ scribearts.org

 

The goal of GLOBE Mission Mosquito is to create an organized citizen science community - primarily through formal education, with targeted outreach to informal education - that will conduct and report local observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM). Using the mobile app, citizen scientists identify potential breeding sites for mosquitoes, sample and count mosquito larvae, and with optional equipment, examine and photograph a specimen to identify its genus.

 

Campaign outreach events will connect the GLOBE Observer citizen science community with NASA scientists who want to work in partnership with citizen scientists and use GO MHM data. NASA scientists are interested in understanding changing weather patterns, extreme weather events, insect ecology and human behavior affect the range, frequency and distribution of mosquito vectors that can potentially cause disease.

 

The Mission Mosquito Campaign will be driven by a series of scientific questions. Three basic questions initiate the campaign:

  • Identify baseline (2018-2021) for range and distribution of vectors such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.

  • Identify seasonality of local mosquito vectors: first sighting, last sighting, period of greatest number of observations

  • Quantify change in mosquito frequency and distribution at local, regional, national and global scales with specific reference to prevailing environmental parameters, such as precipitation, land cover, surface temperature, and soil moisture.

 

An ultimate goal of Mission Mosquito is to facilitate scientific research on mosquito vectors of disease, including research by students and scientists (citizen and professional).

 

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GLOBE Mission Mosquito is co-led by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), working in collaboration with the GLOBE Implementation Office. This project is based upon work supported by NASA under IGES award No. NNX16AE28A: NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC).