Earlier this summer, a student researching the epidemiology of the virus needed a shapefile of the common worldwide migratory bird flyways. I was unable to locate such a shapefile. If someone knows of such an available file (free or not) out there, please leave a comment here to let me know about it. However, we were able to locate several static maps (images) of migratory bird flyways. I advised the student on how to georeference and digitize such a static map to create a feature class. Unfortunately I have not heard back from the student since then so I do not know if they were successful.
Just last week, the Introduction to GIS course that I am teaching came to the section on georeferencing and digitizing. Instead of using a historical (scanned) map of Texas for the class exercise as I normally assign, they worked on creating a feature class of the migratory bird flyways shown on the H5N1 outbreaks in 2005 and major flyways of migratory birds map. This map was created by the UN: Food and Agriculture Organization.
Here is the best digitized migratory bird path of the lot. (Yes, the student gave permission for her files to be uploaded.)
- Google Earth Maps of Avian Flu Spread
- Declan Butler, reporter for Nature, has created a super-fantastic Google Earth resource. These freely available KML files contain both human and poultry cases of avian flu. More information can be found on Declan's blog.
- Public ArcIMS Services
- Global Resource Information Database (GRID-Nairobi)
- Feature classes containing avian influenza cases in humans by influenza type by country.
- ArcIMS Server: http://gridnairobi.unep.org
Layer: Avian influenza outbreaks
- Interactive Online
- Austin Peay State University: GIS Center
- Feature classes containing cases and deaths from avian flu in both birds and humans by country
- ArcIMS Server: http://gisweb.apsu.edu
- Interactive Online
- Access Raw Data Tables
- WHO: Confirmed Human Cases of Avian Influenza A (H5N1)
- OIE: World Organization for Animal Health
- Provides tables (and a PDF graph) containing avian influenza in animals (type 5).
- WHO: Global Health Atlas
- Great resource for worldwide, country-level, disease data. Provides data tables and even an interactive mapping interface. The data tables are the most useful to me as there is even a download to Excel option.