Nephropathy in developing countries: combining earth observation and environmental epidemiology

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Poor water quality and environmental toxins have emerged as a potential causative agent for endemic nephropathy. Using imagery from Landsat/Sentinel 2 satellites water quality parameters for water bodies can be used to derive basic ground-truth data. Water quality information and meteorological data is then used to allow correlation with health data from different climate regions in Sri Lanka. This will allow temporal-spatial analysis relating population exposure to water quality such as cyanobacterial blooms and association with renal disease.

The candidate for this studentship may have a wide range of skills and interests including GIS, global health, nephrology, water science, environmental epidemiology, land use, medical geography, statistics and physics.

Supervisory team
Nicholas
Osborne

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
Richard
Taylor

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
Klaus
Joenhk

CSIRO
Land and Water
n.osborne@unsw.edu.au