Monitoring abundance is essential for vector management, but it is often only possible in a fraction of managed areas. For vector control programmes, sampling to estimate abundance is usually carried out at a local‐scale (10s km2), while interventions often extend across 100s km2. Geostatistical models have been used to interpolate between points where data are available, but this still requires costly sampling across the entire area of interest. Instead, we used geostatistical models to predict local‐scale spatial variation in the abundance of tsetse—vectors of human and animal African trypanosomes—beyond the spatial extent of data to which models were fitted, in Serengeti, Tanzania.
We sampled Glossina swynnertoni and Glossina pallidipes >10 km inside the Serengeti National Park (SNP) and along four transects extending into areas where humans and livestock live. We fitted geostatistical models to data >10 km inside the SNP to produce maps of abundance for the entire region, including unprotected areas.
This work arises from the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme.
Lord J, Torr S, Auty H, Brock P, Byamungu M, Hargrove J, Morrison L, Mramba F, Vale G, Stanton M (2017). Geostatistical models using remotely- sensed data predictsavanna tsetse decline across the interface between protectedand unprotected areas in Serengeti, Tanzania. Journal of Applid Ecology 2018; 00:1–11
Geostatistical models using remotely-sensed data predict savanna tsetse decline across the interface between protected and unprotected areas in Serengeti, Tanzania
Published 1 February 2018