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Presentations and publications about or using TAPPAS 

Durr, P.A., Graham, K.  & van Klinken, R.D. (2017). Sellers’ Revisited: A Big Data reassessment of historical outbreaks of bluetongue and African horse sickness due to the long-distance wind dispersion of Culicoides midges.  Front. Vet. Sci., 20 July 2017,

A peer-reviewed journal paper in which we fully develop the concepts underlying TAPPAS and its practical use as a biosecurity tool that we had previously presented at conference during 2015-16 (see below). The paper thus summarise the technical architecture of TAPPAS, uses it to reassess the conclusions of earlier papers published by Robert Sellers that had proposed that long distance wind dispersion (LDWD) of Culicoides midges might cause outbreaks of bluetongue and African horse sickness, and places TAPPAS in the context of other Big Data animal health applications.

Durr, P.A., Graham, K. & van Klinken, R.D. (2016). Modeling Airborne Spread of Pests and Pathogens - A Big Data Approach. Oral presentation made at the 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS 2) conference, Minneapolis, USA, 24-27th April 2016. 

Presented TAPPAS as a Big Data animal health application with the capability to confirm long-distance wind dispersion (LDWD) of Culicoides as the means of transboundary spread of animal diseases, using the examples of bluetongue and African horse sickness previously shown at the ISVEE 14 conference (see below).

Graham, K., Durr, P.A., & van Klinken, R.D. (2016). TAPPAS – A web-based framework incorporating wind-borne dispersal into biosecurity surveillance. Oral presentation made at the Locate16 Conference, Melbourne, 13-14th April 2016. 

Locate16 is Australia's major GIS/spatial conference, and at it we presented the web-based technical framework enabling users of TAPPAS to select potential sources of pests and pathogens using a interactive spatial viewer and then to display output of a LDWD simulation, also within a dynamic web-embedded spatial viewer.

Durr, P.A., Graham, K.  & van Klinken, R.D. (2015). Using high-performance computing (HPC) to investigate historical outbreaks of bluetongue and African horse sickness due to the long distance wind dispersion of Culicoides midges. Oral presentation made at the 14th International Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) conference, Merida, Mexico, 3-7th November, 2015.

A presentation made at the pre-eminent international veterinary epidemiology conference in which we developed a summary diagram to show that TAPPAS is a high performance computing application and then went onto demonstrate  its use to re-analyse outbreaks of bluetongue in Portugal in 1956, African horse sickness in Spain in 1966 and bluetongue in Cyprus in 1977.

Graham, K., Durr, P.A. & van Klinken, R.D. (2013). Modelling the risk of long-distance wind-borne spread of pests and pathogens: The TAPPAS application – taking GIS-based research into operational use. Poster presented at the GeoVet 2013 Conference, 19-20th August, 2013, London.

A poster summarising the results of the workshop we held in July 2013 in Canberra which was attended by leaders from Australia's plant and animal biosecurity community. This workshop confirmed long-distance wind dispersion (LDWD) of pests and pathogens to be a biosecuirty threat to Australia's agricultural industries, and that the TAPPAS application -  as judged by the prototype we presented at the workshop - might be a useful tool to both understand and manage this threat.

Other relevant publications

Eagles D, Melville L, Weir R, Davis S, Bellis G, Zalucki M, et al. (2014) Long-distance aerial dispersal modelling of Culicoides biting midges: case studies of incursions into Australia. BMC veterinary research 10: 135 doi: 10.1186/1746-6148-10-135

Web resources

HYSPLIT - Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model

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