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Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein

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Tjaden, N*; Jaeschke, A; Thomas, S M; Beierkuhnlein, C: The ZOONOSIS RISKTOOL: Modelling Framework
Poster, Joint Conference - German Symposium on Zoonoses Research and 7th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, Berlin: 2014-10-16 - 2014-10-17

The Zoonosis RISKTOOL is currently being developed in a Pilot Project under the umbrella of the German Research Platform for Zoonoses. We aim to create a modeling framework for the continental to regional scale risk assessment of vector-borne diseases based on environmental and ecological drivers. We combinine classic correlative species distribution models for vector species with process-based modules, incorporating additional factors such as the temperature-dependence of the Extrinsic Incubation Period of the pathogen or winter survival of the arthropod vectors. Written in the well- established open-source statistical scripting language R, the RISKTOOL will be free to anyone to use, share, and modify according to their individual research requirements. Here we present in detail the full structure of our modelling framework.
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