Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2759

Full Length Research Paper

Relationship between influx of yellow dust and bronchial asthma mortality using satellite data

  Kensuke Goto1*, Jephtha Christopher Nmor1,2, Ryoma Kurahashi3, Kazuo Minematsu4, Tkeshi Yoda1, Yasuyuki Rakue 5,6, Tsutomu Mizota7 and Keinosuke Gotoh7
    1Department of Eco-epidemiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. 2Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. 3Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan. 4Graduate School of Human Health Sciences, University of Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan. 5Department of Environmental Health Science, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane Health Science Center, LA., USA. 6 Department of Parasitology, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan. 7Prof. Emeritus, Institute of Tropical Medicine Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. 8Prof. Emeritus, Faculty of Engineering, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.  
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  •  Accepted: 23 August 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010



The amount of yellow dust that reaches Japan has recently increased. This increase could worsen asthma attacks. However, it is difficult to conduct quantitative research because yellow dust is widely dispersed. Therefore, very few epidemiological studies regarding yellow dust and asthma have been conducted. Given that, we applied a monitoring method that can investigate the amount of incoming yellow dust by using satellite data to this epidemiological study. This study attempts to shed light on such an important public health issue in Asia where cross boundary air pollution problems are increasing in recent years, by using remotely sensed satellite data and to examine the influx of yellow dust and its association with bronchial asthma mortality in Western Japan. We evaluated the relationship between the annual average amount of incoming yellow dust obtained from satellite data and the annual average mortality rate from asthma. Spearman’s rank correlation result revealed no significant correlation (r = 0.268, n = 8, P > 0.05). However, we were able to conduct a quantitative analysis on the influx of yellow dust conditions using satellite data collected over a period of 10 years. This confirms the applicability of use of satellite data in assessing future epidemiological research regarding yellow dust and air polluted related diseases.


Key words: Satellite data, yellow dust, bronchial asthma, mortality, Japan.