Mosquito Alert

EU Citizens Against Globalised Mosquito-Borne Diseases

John Palmer, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Mosquito Alert Team, ICREA, CREAF, and CEAB-CSIC

The Problem

Citizen-Science Solution

Mosquito Alert

  • citizen reporting
  • expert validation
  • management portals
  • public dissemination
  • ~30,000 participants
  • ~10,000 reports

Citizen Science vs. Ovitraps


MethodCost per sq. km. per month
Ovitraps9.36 Euros
Mosquito Alert1.23 Euros

Communication and Education

Surveillance and Control

Research

Agreement between Mosquito Alert and ovitrap predictions: 86%

Looking Ahead

Mosquito Task Force

Objectives

  • Create citizen science mosquito toolkit platform, showcasing techniques, tools and programs that can be applied at varying cost, scale and complexity depending on local need/interest
  • Identify transferable and scalable citizen science monitoring program for tracking and identifying the mosquito species known to carry Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika
  • Develop common data and metadata system
  • Develop and implement demonstration programme in EU and USA to showcase techniques in action and prove their veracity
  • Secure funding for demonstration programme from commercial, public and other sources

Outputs

  • An agreed upon methodology for a transferable and scalable citizen science mosquito monitoring and tracking program
  • An agreed upon data handling system and metadata fields
  • A business plan in place with full funding to implement a demonstration programme in the USA and Europe.
  • An online toolkit with various citizen science methodologies for different indicators and targets regarding mosquito populations.

Task Force Team


Chair: Elizabeth Tyson, Wilson Center

Co-Chairs:
Eleonore Pauwels, Wilson Center
Frederic Bartumeus & Roger Eritja, Mosquito Alert

Secretary: Aitana Oltra, Mosquito Alert

Outreach: Anna Ramon, Mosquito Alert

More Information

mosquitoalert.com

Coordination

This project is coordinated by the institutions CREAFCEAB-CSIC and ICREA.

Funding

Since 2015 the project has been promoted and funded by la Fundació Bancaria “la Caixa”.

Funding

The project is co-funded by the Organisme Autònom de Salut Pública de la Diputació de Girona (Dipsalut), the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and Lokímica.