One Earth – One Health Workshop
Contribution of Earth Observation to Public Health Practices
June 21, 2017, Montreal, Canada, 9:00 – 5:30 Eastern Time
Hyperlink to presentations
Infectious diseases and chronic conditions are issues of concern for public health. The development of evidence-based knowledge is essential for the management of these issues. Research needs to clarify the mechanisms at work and identify factors that foster the appearance, spread and persistence of diseases. These factors may be environmental, climatic, demographic, socio-economic or behavioral. In this context, integrated approaches focusing on One Health and EcoHealth concepts have to be developed to investigate the close and complex relations between the environment, ecosystems and etiological agents responsible for disease in human, animal and plant populations. Some drivers such as forest density, presence of wetlands, agricultural areas, climate and urban areas can be identified from space, but not without efficient methods and relevant partnerships to turn remote sensing into a tool suitable for the characterization, mapping and monitoring of risk factors.
This workshop is an invitation to the large remote sensing community to seek the potential contribution from EO to address public health issues with their own field of expertise (technology, applications, methods).The workshop will unfold in three parts. The first part will entail presentations by the national and international communities on current EO applications, tools & solutions for public health issues. The second part will allow participants to discuss different scenarios related to five public health themes (vector, water & air borne diseases, vulnerable human populations, and emergency management). An expert in the field will facilitate the discussion for each scenario and help the participants answer a list of pre-established questions. The third part will be a discussion that will help inform a report regarding the potential new contribution of space-based EO to public health.
The workshop will take place during the EO Summit 2017 in Montreal, Canada. This event is co-lead by the Canadian Space Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES, France), the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD), the department of Applied Geomatics from Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD, France), and VetAgro Sup (France) with the participation of GEO (Group on Earth Observation) and UN-COPUOS Space and Global Health expert team. This event is directly aligned and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All Ages) and to the GEO strategic objectives and Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) related to public health.
1- To bring together leaders and experts in EO and public health to explore, discuss, establish or strengthen collaborations and partnerships on novel EO applications, products and services to support public health.
2- To better understand the links between environment, climate, society and public health in the Earth observation context.
3- To demonstrate the relevance of existing applications derived from satellite EO in the public health sector.
4- To identify existing or potential data, indicators, methods and technologies developed from EO that can support the public health sector.
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
In partnership with
- Association Québécoise de Télédétection (AQT)
- Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES)
- Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) / Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democraty (WGCapD)
- GEO BON
- Institut de Recherche pour le développement (IRD)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Universitat Wien
- Vet Agro Sup
- World Health Organization (WHO)
On-site participants (Canada):
Please note the places for on-site workshop participation are limited. Registered EO Summit participants will have access to the workshop. In order to maximize your chance to participate to the workshop, we invite you to register for the EO Summit. The organizers expect that workshop participants have all their expenses (travel, meals, etc.) covered.
Foreign participants (outside Canada):
If you cannot attend the workshop in Montreal, it will be possible to attend it virtually. Session 1 and 2 of the workshop (9:00AM – 12:10PM EST) will be accessible to virtual attendees via GoToMeeting thanks to CEOS WGCapD. The registration for and participation in the GoToMeeting session is free, but you must register for it before June 21, 2017 is mandatory. Please complete the registration form at http://ceos.org/meetings/wgcapd-one-earth-one-health-workshop/) and email it to Hilcéa Ferreira at firstname.lastname@example.org, with copy to Guy Aubé at email@example.com.
8:30 to 9:00 – Registration
9:00 to 9:15
Director General, Space Utilization
Canadian Space Agency
Eric Laliberté is Director General, Space Utilization for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). In this position, he is accountable for the overall planning, direction and general management of the Space Utilization Branch of the CSA, whose mandate is the end-to-end implementation of the Earth Observation, Satellite Communications and Space environment elements of the Canadian Space Program.
Mr. Laliberté joined the CSA in 2001 where he held various positions the most recent being Director of Space Exploration Projects and Director General of Space Science and Technology.
Eric holds a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Sherbrooke and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with an automation specialty as well as a minor in administration from McGill University. He served 12 years as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before joining the Canadian Space Agency. He was part of the Air Reserve for 10 years where he assumed the responsibilities of Quality Manager and of 438 Squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Flight Commander.
Dr Howard Njoo
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Canada and
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister
Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch
Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Howard Njoo is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for the Public Health Agency of Canada and directly supports the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) in providing public health advice, speaking to Canadians and representing the Agency in a variety of domestic and international fora. In addition, Dr. Njoo is the acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch.
Since joining the Federal Government in 1996, Dr. Njoo has held a variety of positions in the areas of both infectious and chronic diseases as well as emergency preparedness and response within the Public Health Agency of Canada, including being the Interim Chief Science Officer, the Director General of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control and the Acting Director General of the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Dr. Njoo earned his medical degree and a Master’s in Health Science, specializing in community health and epidemiology, from the University of Toronto, and subsequently completed a fellowship and certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in community medicine.
9:15 to 10:35 – Session 1: Context and Scientific Opportunities
Moderator: Guy Aubé (CSA) and Stéphanie Brazeau (PHAC)
9:15 to 9:35
Tele-epidemiology: which contribution for Earth Observation satellite data?
Direction de l’Innovation, des Applications et de la Science / Terre-Environnement-Climat
CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales,
UN-COPUOS Expert group on Space and Global Health.
Cécile Vignolles holds an engineering degree in Agriculture and a doctorate degree in Remote Sensing and Agriculture. From 1998 to 2001 she served as research assistant at the Space Applications Institute of the EU Joint Research Centre, contributing to the development of the agrometeorological bulletin within the “Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing” project. From 2002 to 2005 she worked as a research engineer on R&D in Agriculture and Remote Sensing projects at SCOT, a subsidiary of the French Space Agency CNES. From 2005 to 2008, she worked as a research engineer at the GIP Medias-France in charge of R&D projects in tele-epidemiology. She joined CNES in 2009, where she is affiliated with the Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science in the ‘Earth-environment-climate’ team in charge of the Earth observation programs within this team; she is responsible of the “Tele-epidemiology” and “Forests” programs.
9:35 to 9:55
Satellite Earth Observation Data in advancing health-related SDG 3 Targets: A Conceptual Framework
Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy
Health Systems and Innovation cluster
World Health Organization Headquarters
Dr Ramesh S. Krishnamurthy currently serves as a Senior Advisor within the Health Systems and Innovation cluster of WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this assignment, he had worked as Senior Advisor and Health Scientist at the Coordinating Office of Global Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. He also serves as Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Pacific in California. Dr Krishnamurthy holds a PhD degree in Physical Anthropology from University of Oregon with MPH in Health Services Management from University of California, Los Angeles in the United States. In addition, he holds two other Master of Science degrees in biological sciences from the United States.
9:55 to 10:15
Getting ahead of the Curve: Using Earth Observations to predict health risks
Juli Moore Trtanj, M.E.S.
NOAA One Health and Integrated Climate and Weather Extremes Research Lead, Climate Program Office
Juli Trtanj is the One Health and Integrated Climate and Weather Extremes Research Lead for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She spearheads the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, FEMA, OSHA, NIOSH, ASPR, EPA and other agencies. She coordinates the NOAA One Health Working Group which brings together NOAA data, research, information and actions to inform health decision making, and coordinates NOAA’s engagements on health with other federal, state, local and international Agencies, academic and private sector partners. She is the Integrated Information System for Health Lead for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Health and Environment Community of Practice.
Ms. Trtanj co-chairs the US Global Change Research Program, Climate Change and Human Health Group (CCHHG) and represents NOAA on the Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology Working Group. She is an author on the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, served on the Steering Committee of the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, and was a Convening Lead Author for the Water-Related Illness chapter. Her science interests are at the intersection of environmental prediction, health, common resource management, institutional design, and policy science.
10:15 to 10:35
Earth Observations for Health and Air Quality
Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications
Applied Sciences Program
NASA Earth Science Division
John Haynes serves as Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications in the Applied Sciences Program of the NASA Earth Science Division. John entered NASA Headquarters in 2002 through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. As required by the PMF program, John completed two detail assignments during his fellowship (NOAA and the U.S. House of Representatives). John converted to a civil service position at NASA Headquarters in August 2004 upon graduation from the PMF program. John Haynes graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1999 with a B.S. in meteorology. In 2002, he graduated with an M.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. The first portion of his thesis work (“Analysis of Warm Season Morning Convection across the Southern Great Plains”) was published in the December 2003 edition of Weather and Forecasting. The second portion of his thesis work (“The Evolution of Morning Convective Systems over the U. S. Great Plains during the Warm Season. Part II: A Climatology and the Influence of Environmental Factors) was published in the March 2008 edition of Monthly Weather Review. John has received several awards during his tenure including a NASA Aviation Safety and Security Program Award, NASA Group Achievement Awards, and a One NASA Award. In 2006, John was honored by his alma mater (the University of South Alabama) as an Exceptional Alumnus of the School of Meteorology.
10:35 to 11:00 – Break
11:00 to 12:20 – Session 2: Science
Moderator: Antoinette Ludwig (PHAC) and Cécile Vignolles (CNES)
11:00 to 11:20
SDG Interactions, Focus on Health and Opportunities for Ecosystem/Land Cover Analysis Using Earth Observations
Senior External Relations Manager
Group on Earth Observations
Steven Ramage heads external relations for the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). During his career Steven has successfully completed a management buyout for 1Spatial, created and managed a government consulting business for Ordnance Survey and was on the Board and subsequently director of strategy for what3words. More recently he worked for the UN-GGIM Secretariat in New York before joining GEO.
He’s a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a SASNet Fellow at the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Steven works internationally with many of the GEO government members and participating organizations, such as ESA, CSA, JAXA, NASA and various UN agencies, including the World Bank, UNITAR, UNISDR, UNOOSA and WMO. He also chairs the GEO Commercial Sector Sub Group of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). He is @steven_ramage on Twitter and an open networker on LinkedIn uk.linkedin.com/in/stevenr
11:20 to 11:40
Climate change and Mosquito-borne diseases in Americas: Toward dynamical modelling and prediction at local scale using Earth observation
* Thibault CATRY1, Serge Olivier KOTCHI2, Nadine DESSAY1, Antoinette LUDWIG2, Emmanuel ROUX1, Zhichao LI1, Stéphanie BRAZEAU2
1. ESPACE-DEV, UMR 228 IRD/UM/UR/UG/UA, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), 500 rue Jean-François Breton, 34093 Montpellier, France,
2. National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch (IDPC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canada,
Ingénieur de Recherche en Télédétection
Institut de Recherche pour le développement
Thibault Catry is a remote sensing research engineer based in the Montpellier Remote Sensing Centre. He holds a Master of Earth Science from the Université de Clermont-Ferrand II (2007) and a European PhD in Physical Modelling for Environmental Protection from the University of Bologna (Italy) and the University of Reunion Island (cotutelle, 2011). After being a study engineer at the University of Reunion Island in 2012, he landed a job at the IRD in February 2013, joining the Unité Mixte de Recherche Espace au service du Développement [joint research unit – space for development] (UMR ESPACE-DEV), first on Reunion Island (SEAS-OI satellite station), then in Montpellier since 2015. A RADAR remote sensing specialist, he is interested in applications for processing RADAR imagery (RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X, Sentinel 1) and optical imagery (SPOT, Sentinel 2, Pléiades) for themes related to health (wetlands and vector-borne diseases), natural risks (volcano monitoring, flooding) and spatial hydrology.
Serge Oliver Kotchi
Public Health Risk Sciences Division
National Microbiology Laboratory
Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Branch
Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Serge Olivier Kotchi holds a BSc in land surveying from the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB), Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire (2000), an MSc in geomatics from Université Laval, Québec, Que. (2004), and a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the same university (2015).
He worked as a surveyor in a number of private firms in Côte d’Ivoire between 1998 and 2001. He provided remote sensing consultation services for several private and public organizations in Quebec and around the world between 2003 and 2007. He was a teaching and research assistant from 2003 to 2009 at Université Laval. Since 2009, he has been a medical geographer with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. His research interests include tele-epidemiology, public health geomatics, geostatistics, uncertainty assessment of remote sensing-based indices and data, and, more specifically, the development of indicators of determinants of health based on remote sensing to support epidemiological studies and public health risk assessment. He has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the 2015 National Best PhD Thesis Award from the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, an Award of Excellence from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and an Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
11:40 to 12:00
Integrating EO-based data into vulnerability assessments; Case study and reflection on urban health research
Assistant professor in geography
University of Vienna, Austria
Marion Borderon is an assistant professor in geography at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her research interests include public health, population, and development studies. Much of her work focuses on contributing to the development of concepts and methods for the spatial assessment of vulnerability and risk in the context of environmental transformation. She has conducted research in limited data settings and gained significant experience in population-based surveys and data analysis in Congo, Senegal, Mauritania, India, and Algeria. Her research is also concerned with decision-making, policy implementation and the provision of spatial decision-support systems in the context of public health, climate change, and post-disaster situations. Previously, she had worked as a researcher and project leader at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She holds a PhD in geography from Aix-Marseille University, France, with a focus on malaria in Dakar, Senegal.”
12:00 to 12:20
Healthy Societies and Healthy Ecosystems: An Integrated Monitoring Approach for Biodiversity and Human Health
Michael J. Gill
Co-chair of GEO BON – Group on Earth Observations, Biodiversity Observation Network
For the past 25 years, Mike has led the design and implementation of user-driven and results-oriented biodiversity conservation, research, and monitoring programs. These programs have spanned the Arctic, North America, Eurasia, Antarctica and Latin America and have involved partnerships with Aboriginal, national and sub-national governments, academia, industry and NGOs. Mike has advised multiple governments, senior officials, and Environment Ministers on conservation issues and published over 50 scientific publications, books and book chapters. Mike lives with his family in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
12:00 to 12:20
Ravi Shankar Santhana Gopala Krishnan: Lead GIS support, WHO
• Topic: Health Emergency
• Documents to follow
12:20 to 13:30 – Lunch
Melanie Goodchild keynote speaker
Moose clan, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation
PhD Candidate, Social and Ecological Sustainability, School of Environment, Sustainability and Resources (SRES)
Melanie Goodchild, moose clan, is a member of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in northern Ontario. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Lakehead University and is currently completing her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the School of Environment, Sustainability and Resources (SERS) at the University of Waterloo. She is the Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and was a 2015/16 Fellow with the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Foundation Fellows Program, a global executive leadership program sponsored by Harvard Business School and INSEAD: The Business School for World. Melanie is the former Senior Counsel, Indigenous Relations at national office of the Canadian Red Cross. She is the founding CEO of a brand new “think and do tank” focusing on Indigenous Social Innovation, called the Turtle Island Institute, headquartered at the rare Charitable Trust Reserve in Cambridge, ON. Melanie is an Advisor for various social innovation projects sponsored by the JW McConnell Family Foundation, the Trudeau Foundation and the Jays Care Foundation and she is a core team member of the Equinox Awareness Alliance, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples working on an Indigenous Peoples public awareness campaign with Postmedia in 2017. Melanie is a proud member of the Iron Butt Association (IBA) riding her Harley-Davidson 1000 miles in 24 hours.
13:30 to 15:45
Scenario-based problem solving in small break-out groups
Moderator: Richard Fournier, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke
13:30 to 13:40
Introduction to the Scenario 1 to 6 exercises
13:40 to 14:15
Video presentation of Scenario 1 to 6
14:15 to 15:15
Break-out group discussion on Scenario 1 to 6
Scenario 1: Vulnerable human population
The capacity of humans to respond to, and recover from, adverse events or health threats will depend on many factors, such as social, behavioral, natural and engineered systems. What EO data and tools can be used to identify vulnerable human population?
Scenario 2: Mosquito-borne diseases
What are the earth observation proxies for environmental determinants of risk from mosquito borne diseases and how can these determinants be used to improve public health responses?
Scenario 3: Tick-borne diseases
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the temperate zone. Can we identify suitable EO-derived information sources that can help predict timing of risk (seasonality, climate change) and geographic occurrence of Lyme disease risk?
Scenario 4: Microbial water contamination
There are several gaps that impede progress in using remote sensing to quantify bacterial contamination of water and to contribute effectively to early warning or reporting activities. What are the critical EO data requirements for addressing coastal-marine and microbial contamination?
Scenario 5: Air quality and chronic conditions
Outdoor air pollution affects much of the population in urban areas. What are the critical EO data requirements for assessing human exposure to air-borne contaminants and their contribution to chronic illnesses?
Scenario 6: Pandemic
Use of geospatial and earth observation data in responding to a pandemic: How can they improve preparedness and responses, and are there lessons from previous pandemics?
Each scenario discussion will be facilitated by an expert in the field. A predefined list of questions will be addressed during the scenario discussion
15:15 to 15:30 – Break
15:30 to 15:45
Each discussion group will prepare a summary of results
15:45 to 17:00
Discussion on the scenario summaries and upcoming report
Each team has 10 min to present the result of their scenarios
1- Vulnerable human population
2- Mosquito-borne diseases
3- Tick-borne diseases
4- Microbial water contamination
5- Air quality and chronic conditions
Moderators: Guy Aubé (CSA) and Dirk Werle (Ærde Environmental Research), Stéphanie Brazeau, Richard Fournier (USherbrooke)
17:00 to 17:30
Dr Nicholas Ogden keynote speaker
One Health – Contribution of Earth observation to public health issues
Director and Senior research scientist
Public Health Risk Sciences division
National Microbiology Laboratory
Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Nick Ogden is a UK-trained veterinarian (University of Liverpool, 1983). After 10 years of mixed clinical practice, he then completed a doctorate in Lyme disease ecology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford in 1996. During the six years he spent as a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, he continued his research into the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases of public health importance in Europe and those of importance to livestock production in Africa. In 2002 he moved to Canada, where he continued research on the ecology of Lyme disease and other zoonoses and climate change as a research scientist at the Public Health Agency of Canada. As interim Director of the Environmental Issues Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada he directed a program on climate change and vector and water-borne disease risks, and community adaptation to these risks. As Director of the Zoonoses Division he directed programs on national coordination, surveillance and prevention of zoonoses including Lyme disease and West Nile virus. He is now a senior research scientist and Director of Public Health Risk Sciences division within the National Microbiology Laboratory of the Public Health Agency of Canada focusing on the ecology, epidemiology and genetic diversity of vectors and zoonotic and vector-borne micro-organisms, assessing impacts of climate change and developing tools for public health adaptation in the field of zoonoses.
17:30 to 17:45
Presentation of the workshop results to the EO summit participants
By Stéphanie Brazeau (PHAC) and Antoinette Ludwig (PHAC)
Guy Aubé, Earth Observation Applications and Utilizations, Canadian Space Agency
Stéphanie Brazeau, Head of the Public Health Geomatics Unit, Public Health Risk Sciences Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada
Antoinette Ludwig, Veterinary epidemiologist, mathematical modeler; Public Health Risk Sciences Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada
Marie-Josée Champagne, Chief Population and Environmental Determinants Section, Public Health Risk Sciences Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada
Cécile Vignolles, Program manager, Tele-epidemiologiy, CNES and UN-COPUOS Space and Global Health expert team.
Nadine Dessay, Remote sensing expert, ESPACE-DEV, UMR 228 IRD/UM/UR/UG, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France
Émmanuel Roux, Mathematical modeler, ESPACE-DEV, UMR 228 IRD/UM/UR/UG, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France
Thibault Catry, Remote sensing expert ESPACE-DEV, UMR 228 IRD/UM/UR/UG, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France
Dominique Bicout, Mathematical modeler, BioMathematiques et Epidemiologie – EPSP/TIMC UMR 5525 VetAgro Sup Campus Vétérinaire de Lyon
Richard Fournier, Professor in geomatics and remote sensing, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke.
Serge-Olivier Kotchi, Medical geographer, Public Health Risk Sciences Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada
Yann Pelcat, Medical geographer, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Risk Sciences Division, Public Health Agency of Canada
Hilcea Ferreira, National Institute for Space Research, CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD)
Dirk Werle, Geographer, Ærde Environmental Research, Halifax, Canada
The workshop will be held at the UQAM in Montreal, Canada. Conference entrance, registration and information kiosk will be located on: 200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), H2X 3P2.
Certificate of participation
All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The certificates will be prepared and issued by the Quebec Remote Sensing Association (AQT).