New tool is launched for infectious disease modelling linked to environmental changes

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​Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. ECDC has developed a tool - the E3 Geoportal - in order to promote and facilitate geospatial infectious disease modelling in Europe.

​Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. Yet data on these disease determinants are often highly dispersed and difficult to obtain. ECDC has developed a tool - the E3 Geoportal - in order to promote and facilitate geospatial infectious disease modelling in Europe. It is a hub for data exchange and scientific collaboration between researchers in the area of environment and infectious diseases.

The E3 Geoportal facilitates the collection and exchange of geospatial datasets relevant for infectious disease modelling in a user-friendly way. It is an inventory of all the information resources that are collected, maintained, and managed by a collaborative effort under the ECDC established European Environment and Epidemiology (E3) Network.

Producers of geospatial data relevant to infectious disease epidemiology can upload datasets and maps for sharing with other users, contributing to the exchange of knowledge in Europe about the environmental changes that are affecting infectious disease transmission.
 
Other useful resources such as analytical tools, risk maps (such as those for TBE, dengue and chikungunya), reports, and software applications will also be available. The geospatial datasets contained in the portal cover potential determinants of various communicable diseases in Europe in the broadest sense. They include past, current and future climatic parameters such as climate change scenarios; landscape and land-use features; and selected socio-economic data.
 E3 Geoportal website