Our Systems Approach will fill key knowledge gaps and advance the evidence base for environmental mitigation of tick-borne diseases (TBDs), through five interlinked work packages (WP):
WP1: Determine impacts of landscape structure on host density, habitat selection and behaviour of hosts and consequent impacts on ticks, Lyme Disease pathogens (Bbsl) and hazard.
WP2: Quantify the role of climate, habitat and ecological connectivity in restricting UK tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) foci.
WP3: Modelling impacts of ecological connectivity on risk and spread of Lyme Disease pathogens.
WP4: Modelling drivers of arrival and emergence of TBEV and Hyalomma spp. Ticks.
WP5: Co-develop environmental solutions to mitigate TBD risks with cross-sectoral stakeholders.