Simulation modeling of the diffusion of West Nile virus

Model information

Relevant Literature

  1. Linard, et al. online, A multi-agent simulation to assess the risk of malaria re-emergence in southern France, Ecological Modelling. (check the following for pdf)
  2. pdf of collected references (need formatting)

Conceptual Modeling Framework

  1. A conceptual model powerpoint
  2. Discrete event-driven and agent-based modeling
  3. Events: ? spatiotemporal events?
  4. Requirements: GIS data collection and processing
  5. census tacts human risk model. environmental factors.
  6. human infected
  7. birds infectious, body temp.

Questions that may be helpful for modeling

  1. Spatial extent and resolution of the study area (and related GIS datasets)
  2. Temporal duration and resolutions that are suitable for modeling the behavior of mosquitoes
  3. The processes (e.g., hydrology, climate, or human/bird population; could operate across multiple scales) that drive the behavior of mosquitoes (movement, e.g., at what time and the maximal activity area).
  4. What are the relationships between these processes and mosquito activities—i.e., interactions among them.
  5. Any adaptive phenomena/mechanisms could be involved?
  6. What kinds of datasets are available for validating mosquito behavior: e.g.
    1. Macro: the spatiotemporal patterns of reported West Nile Cases?
    2. Micro: flying speed, directions, and so on.
  7. Comparison of simulation results with empirical ones (e.g., from statistical analysis), including spatial/aspatial characteristics.


  1. Land cover data: (from Eric)
  2. Weighting scheme