Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s public-health monitoring and analysis platform: A satellite-derived environmental information system supporting epidemiological study
In this 2019 paper published in Geospatial Health, Oyashi et al. present details on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Public-health Monitoring and Analysis Platform (PMAP). The web-based system was designed to take a wide variety of environmental data and present it in such a way so as to allow epidemiologists to make local, regional, national, or even global insights. Using more than 30 years of archived Earth-observed satellite data from multiple sources, the authors demonstrate the system and explain its underlying technology. While recognizing some of the inherent limitations of optical-sensor-based data towards user goals, the team concludes that its JPMAP system successfully takes "various satellite-derived environmental information related to epidemiological data and pre-processes the data to improve its accessibility for epidemiological research."