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A climate perspective on the spread of livestock diseases with aquatic insect vectors
The typical narrative of climate effects on insect-borne diseases is dominated by the role of warmer temperatures in increasing vector abundance and expanding the transmission season. However, in the case of aquatic insect vectors, which spend part of their life cycle in water, particular attention needs to be paid to drought thresholds and spatiotemporal characteristics. Leveraging multiple drought indices, streamflow gages, and a satellite-derived surface water product, I explore the role of drought on the spread of multiple livestock diseases in the US. I also present existing paleoclimate studies which can further contextualize these drought events towards better understanding disease futures.