This project utilizes dynamic modeling (Morin and Comrie 2010) which relies on first principle processes to simulate mosquito population dynamics at the daily level as driven by climate and land cover inputs. Mosquito trapping is used to validate model and characterize mosquito habitats in Tucson. Also, interviews with public health officials are being used to understand how they conceptualize climate and disease in their health districts and the use of dynamic modeling as a tool.
The Dynamic Mosquito Simulation Model (DyMSiM) enables the simulation of mosquito populations driven by climate data. The model files for DyMSiM are available online, along with a website that contains user documentation and examples for how to use the tool. Online at: http://sites.google.com/site/dymsimmodel/home