WG VIII/2: Health

Our Mission

ISPRS Working Group VIII/2 promotes applications of remote sensing and other Earth observing technologies to understand the association between environmental variables and disease occurrence. Our goal is to utilize remote sensing and geospatial technologies to advance understanding of environmental factors affecting human health and well-being, one of the societal benefit areas of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). The Working Group VIII/2 achieves this goal through information exchange and collaborative work with experts in the fields of Earth science, remote sensing and geospatial technologies, health research and epidemiology, and public health practice to better understand environmental factors that affect disease agents and opportunities for exposure, and to improve the accessibility and utility of remotely sensed environmental data and information to improve human health and well being.    

Working Group Officers:


Fazlay S. Faruque Fazlay S. Faruque
GIS & Remote Sensing Program
University of Mississippi Medical Ctr
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39110



David J. Lary David J. Lary
University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson,
TX 75080



Richard Kiang Richard Kiang
NASA - Goddard Space Flight Ctr
8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20771



Timi S. Vann Timi S. Vann
NOAA - Western Regional Team Coordinator
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle, WA 98112
+1-206- 861-7618

WG Webmaster  

Peggy Harper Peggy Harper
Office of Communications
Mississippi Department of Health
570 Woodrow Wilson, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Regional Coordinator   

Abdulkader A. Murad Abdulkader A. Murad
King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box 80210
Jeddah – 21589
Saudi Arabia


Regional Coordinator   

Yves M. Tourre Yves M. Tourre
Anewworld and CNES
21 Bd. Lazare Carnot
31000 Toulouse


Regional Coordinator   

Masami Onoda Masami Onoda
Fellow, Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) JAXA
Ochanomizu Sola City
4-6 Kanda Surugadai Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101-8008
+81 50 3362 4645


Terms of Reference:

  • Integrate Earth observation products with predictive models for environmental health tracking and early warning, and for disease surveillance in cooperation with other international, national, and regional organizations and activities.
  • Collaborate with the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) to support initiatives of mutual interest.
  • Contribute to the GEO Health Societal Benefit Area
  • Bridge the Earth observing communities of practice and health communities of practice by including health professionals in ISPRS sanctioned technical sessions, workshops, and symposia
  • Provide scholarly contributions to advance knowledge and practice of Earth observation for public health through collaboration among working group members
  • Build capacity to enhance interdisciplinary research collaborations in the fields of remote sensing and public health.