The Asia-Pacific Network for Wastewater Monitoring of COVID-19 (WATMOC) is funded by Australian Academy of Science and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants, to increase connectivity and engagement between Australian and Asia–Pacific economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through international collaborations, WATMOC aims to develop an online machine learning model for the application of a data-driven approach to the wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) dataset for the calculation of COVID-19 prevalence in the community. To enable the machine learning model, we will need lots of WBE data to optimize the estimation accuracy and robustness.
We thus plead worldwide researchers or public health departments, especially those in the Asia-Pacific regions, to become a member of the WATMOC network and submit your WBE data to enhance the data-driven model. This is an opportunity for researchers to contribute to international efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.